SLA refuses permission for parents to enter Point Pedro schools

[TamilNet, Saturday, 16 August 2003, 19:06 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army Friday evening denied permission for parents and education officials to enter two leading schools in Jaffna, the Methodists Girls' High School and Hartley College in Point Pedro when they arrived at the army checkpoint near the institutions, parents and officials said.

Army soldiers at the checkpoint told the parents who came to participate in a function at the Methodist Girls College that they should have obtained permission three days ago from the civil administrative officer of the 524 Brigade Headquarters of the SLA, which is located in Point Pedro, to attend any function in the school, sources said.

Likewise, education officials who arrived at the army checkpoint Friday to go to Hartley College on official duty were also sent back by the army soldiers, civil sources said.

Meanwhile, school development societies of these two institutions have stated that the presence of army in the vicinity hinders the development activities in the schools and non-governmental organizations are also showing reluctance in extending their assistance, sources said.


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