Principals, officials soliciting bribes to be taken to task
School principals or any official caught taking bribes to support
examination fraud will be reported to the Bribery Commission says
Commissioner General of Examinations W.M.N.J Pushpakumara.
According to investigations into the two principals of St. Xavier’s
College and Al Hira Muslim Vidyalaya, Nattandiya, it is not clear
whether they accepted bribes to permit students of other districts to
fraudulently appear as candidates from these two schools, Pushpakumara
“We don’t know yet if any money changed hands. If that is so we will
take action against them and refer the case to the Bribery Commission”
he said adding that he was unable to say what motivated the principals
to blatantly disregard regulations and circulars i which stated that
students could not be admitted in this manner. According to reliable
sources, the Advanced Level science section of St. Xavier’s College had
not been in operation since 2012. However, for several years students
from other districts had been permitted by the Principal to sit for the
examinations from the Science stream, in return for monetary gain.
Pushpakumara also said district examination officials too must take
responsibility in this regard. “It is their responsibility to cross
check entries and ensure that these students in fact attend the schools
as claimed” he said suggesting that officials had in fact been negligent
in allowing the fraud to take place.
Principals of both schools were interdicted earlier this week
following an initial investigation for violating a circular issued in
2008 which prevents students from sitting for examinations in schools
outside their districts.
An investigation is also being conducted against the Principal of
Rathnavali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha for organising a karate competition
in the school premises during examinations. “She has violated basic
regulations and we have asked her to explain her conduct” Pushpakumara
said adding that the Department will take necessary action once her
response is received. However, despite many incidents of irregularities
and frauds being reported at this year’s Advanced Level examination
education authorities claimed that a numbers of such incidents have
reduced significantly this year, due to stringent steps taken by them.
According to Pushpakumara last year while a total of 150 incidents were
reported, only 48 have been reported up to date this year.