Participation of school children in processions and protests to be investigated

Participation of school children in processions and protests to be investigated

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A special investigation is being carried out on the orders of the Education minister on using school children for processions and demonstrations.
It was reported in the past on several occasions that school children participated in protests and processions mooted by certain parties misleading the children and causing obstructions to their educational activities. The Education Ministry had received complaints with regard to school children been forced to take part in such demonstrations and processions, sans the knowledge of the teachers and parents to fulfil the political aspirations of certain parties.
The Education Ministry has also issued a circular barring the participation of school children in such processions and demonstrations during school hours.
In the meantime, the Education Ministry pointed out that Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has given instructions to the officials to immediately study the matters that led to the involvement of school children illegally in such demonstrations.