locks out school children
By Sachitra Mahendra
President's College, Rajagiriya is faced with a crisis
as admission of students to Grade Six has been blocked with the
newly built block housing their classrooms kept locked by the contractor
claiming he had not been paid his full dues.
total sum of Rs. 6,500,000 is said to be due to the contractor for
constructing the three-storied building consisting of 12 class rooms.
An advance payment of Rs. 4,500,000 was reportedly paid to him from
the Mahapola Fund during the last regime, but the present government
has refused to pay the balance sum on the grounds that it is illegal
as the Fund is meant only for payments relating to the higher education
recent incident of parents forcibly admitting their children into
the newly built building led the contractor to make a complaint
to the Police resulting in the building being locked up.
College Principal A. Amaratunga said the building could have been
opened for the use of the children had the Education Ministry made
the remaining payment to the contractor. The children are now sheltered
in the school, with no proper classrooms.