Protect marchers demand postponement of Law College registrations


by Dasun Edirisinghe

 Hundreds of law students accompanied by those who sat for the law entrance examination last year forcibly entered the law college demanding a discussion with Principal on new registrations yesterday.

Secretary of the Law Entrance Students’ Union Wasamba Madawala told The Island their members came in a protest march from Fort Railway Station to the Law College in Hulftsdorp demanding the postponement of new registrations which commence today.

"We had to enter the law college forcibly as police prevented us at the gate," he said adding however that they had a discussion with the principal finally.

There were several malpractices at law college entrance examination in which a majority of Muslim students topped the pass list and their union asked the principal to postpone the registration until the investigation into the allegations were completed, Madawala said.

He said normally the addresses of students were also released with the results, but this time the college released only names of the students.

"After their protests, the principal issued a list of addresses with names of these who passed the examination yesterday," Madawala said, adding that it was not a copy of the original document released by the Examination Department.

Madawala said that they would take a legal action to stop the registration as law college principal had claimed he was unable to postpone it.

Law College entrance examination was held in August 2012 and results were released in last week of December. There was a suspicion as majority of students who topped the list were Muslims, he said.

According to Madawala, first 36 places went to Muslim students and 78 Muslim students passed the examination, which was also a higher number compared to previous years.

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