Supreme Court sends Chathuri to Visakha


The Supreme Court has directed State Counsel to inform the relevant authorities that a girl without school be admitted to Visakha Vidyalaya within one week.�The ruling came in a fundamental rights petition filed by the parents of Chathuri Rashmika Gunasekera, who was denied admission to Visakha Vidyalaya.

Petitioners Neel Pradeep Gunasekera and H.K. Dhanushka Nirosshani Kumari cited Visakha Vidyalaya Principal S.S.K. Avripola, the school’s primary section chief E.M.E.A Madanayake, members of the interview board, three others and the Attorney General as respondents.
The Gunasekeras told court they submitted an application in April 2010, seeking admission to Grade 1 on the basis that their residence was close to the school. After an interview in August, the interview board told the parents that they scored only 28 marks which were insufficient.
After an appeal, the Gunasekeras said the marks were raised to 33. Yet the school rejected the application saying the marks were not sufficient. The parents then appealed to National Schools Director G. N. Silva. But he went along with the interview board’s decision.

The respondents rejected the parents’ claim that their child qualified under residence-close-to-the school criterion. The parents said they showed necessary documents to prove their residency close to the school and pointed out that their first daughter was admitted to the same school under the residency criterion.

The parents said in their petition that the action of the respondents was an infringement of their fundamental right and informed court that the child was still not attending any school.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and Justices K. Sripavan and I. Imam ordered that the child be admitted to the school within one week and directed the State Counsel to convey the ruling to the relevant authorities.
Attorney Riyad Ameen instructed by Gowri Thavarasa appeared for the petitioners.

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