can remain in school till the case is supported
The Court of Appeal issued notice
on the Education Ministry to appear in Court on October
17 in a case where a student had filed a petition requesting
permission to remain in school despite an Education
Ministry circular stating that those students who failed
a compulsory subject the second time must leave school.
The petitioner Artigalage Hashan Niroshan
Artigala of Isipathana Vidyalaya who filed the petition
claimed he was a victim of the controversy over the
rugby match played against Royal College.
He said the general practice in the
school has been that any student who was unsuccessful
in passing the O/Level examination in one sitting or
is awaiting the results of a re-correction is given
the chance of remaining in school
He further states that he is a member
of the first fifteen Rugby team of Isipathana.
He states that as a result of this
controversy he was being denied the opportunity to continue
his education and participate in sports activities and
he would not be able to sit the O/L exam again as the
closing date for private candidates has lapsed.
The Court comprising Justices K.Sripavan
and Eric Basanayake directed that the student petitioner
could remain in the school until the case is supported.The
petitioner cited Additional Secretary (Education Quality
Development) of the Education Ministry W. Dharmadasa,
the Education Ministry Secretary, Deputy Director of
Education W.K. N. Wijetunge, Principal Isipathana College
K.A.D. Punyadasa and Royal College Principal Upali Gunasekera
President’s Counsel Faiz Mustapha
appeared for the petitioner. Attorney Viran Corea appeared
for the Principal of Isipathana College.