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SLHRC summons authorities over release of exam results on Children's Day

2013 Oct 11

Educations officials and representatives of child right groups were summoned to the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission on Thursday to discuss the issue pertaining to the release of Grade 5 Scholarship Examination results on World Children's Day.
 
The meeting was held after taking into consideration complaints lodged with the commission.Thirty-five officials attached to the National Child Protection Authority, Education Services Commission, National Education Commission, Health Deparment and several other institutions were summoned to the Human Rights Commission in this manner.
 
Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission Prathiba Mahanamahewanoted that, during the meeting, he had requested for written submissions in this regard and noted that when the commission received these submissions they would be taken up for discussion by an expert committee.
 
He further added,
 
"According to the Elections Commissioner, some children had written in their exam papers that the exams are finally over. This shows the pressure that is being exerted on the children. The Chairman of the National Education Commission clearly stated that students are pressurised for this examination from Grade 3. He suggested that the scholarship examination be moved up to Grade 7 or 8. The Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority meanwhile noted that the release of results on World Children's Day demotivates children.”
 
Dr Prathiba Mahanamehewa also commented on the clash that broke out recently during a protest march held regarding the drinking water problem in Rathupaswela. "We have summoned army officials who were present when the incident took place and have obtained their statements. We have concluded obtaining statements from everyone now. Next, we are due to receive the report compiled by the government. We are also due to receive a report from the army and the police. We will take into consideration all these reports before reaching a decision. The commission can issue recommendations. We received many proposals from journalists who were present when the incident took place. We will consider all this. Our discussion will be based on how to prevent such an incident from reoccurring."

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