School admission - process
full of lies and deception
Attorney at Law and Solicitor England and Wales
Key figure of the UNP, G L Peiris, tell the people through media
that action taken against principals who embezzle millions of rupees
by fraudulent means is unacceptable. In other words what he says is
that deception, corruption and bribery that introduced by the Machiavellian
JRJ to the mainstream politics in 1977 that ruined the moral values
in the people should be allowed to continue. People should appreciate
G L Peiris for demonstrating UNP's stance against maladministration
that destroyed the country.
First hand evidence of abuse of the system
As a affected parent of the system full of corruption, on behalf
of the law-abiding people, I have set out below the candid viewpoint
of the parents who had been denied justice for refusing to follow
the established fraudulent practice of deception in school admission.
I am a old boy of Ananda College, Colombo then lived in Nugegoda.
When my first son was born my friends and relatives advised me to
furnish false information in my child's birth certificate i.e. to
give residential address somewhere closer to the Ananda College. This
deception has become very common that most people followed; not only
the birth certificate, they get their name registered in the utility
bills [water, electrify, phone] electoral register and some parents
even get the false deed done under their name.
I have no doubt that most of the people that hold high office commit
this fraud in order to get their children admitted to "popular
schools". In my case I refused to commit this fraud and when
applications are called for school admission I furnished an application
to Ananda College with accurate information of my place of residence.
And at the interview held I informed the panel that in order to admit
my child to the school I have not produced any false information but
requested the panel to get my child an opportunity on the basis that
I was a old boy of the school. But my application was refused since
there was so many "eligible applicants" who "lived"
in "the surrounding area".
I took my case to the president Kumaranatunga and requested her to
do justice for my child but even the president was helpless against
such an organised deceptive system and finally I was compelled to
admit my two sons to the Lyceum School, Nugegoda. I am sure that there
are many more parents like me who were denied justice for refusing
follow fraudulent practice, which is also punishable criminal office.
Admission based on ability to learn
During our time, i.e. before UNP came into power in 1977, school
admissions to the popular schools were purely based on ability to
learn and not on the ability of deception. Then popular schools start
only at year 7 and admission to year 7 wholly based on the results
year 6-scholarship exam that was absolutely fair to all.
People should applaud the president for the action taken in the right
direction to stop the culture of deception and fraud. However that
doesn't mean that you approve all her actions. On the other hand the
UNP leadership is well known for corruption and all sorts of wrongdoing;
the political party responsible for abandoning the old scheme of school
admission based on ability to learn. So there is nothing to surprise
when people like G L Peiris try to defend the wrongdoing. We all must
realise that time is right time to stop deception and to reinstate
a system based on justice and fairness to all. Irrespective of political
power or clout, those who commit wrongdoing should be dealt according