25th July, 2004  Volume 11, Issue 2

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Manage's son pulled out of Rahula amidst controversy

The political controversy surrounding the admission of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Premasiri Manage's son to Matara Rahula Vidyalaya ended on an unhappy note with the child still not being admitted to a school.

Manage, a Matara District first time parliamentarian, admitted his son using parliamentary privileges to Matara Rahula College after his son passed the grade five scholarship examination. However, the student did not obtain the required number of marks to gain entry to Rahula which is a premier educational institution in the district and much favoured by parents.

Following his admission, a political controversy brew causing embarrassment to the JVP that resulted in the MP pulling out his child from Matara Rahula College. It was alleged that as a member of a political party that vowed not to make use of parliamentary privileges, he should not have admitted his child who obtained 34 marks less and required a much higher aggregate to secure entry to the school. 

Following media reports, the JVP claimed that the MP was only making use of the privileges he was entitled to but the parliamentarian pulled his child out.

The opportunity to admit a parliamentarian's child to a school of his or her choice is available for year one admissions only, according to Education Ministry sources and is not applicable to those who sit the scholarship examination.

Unfortunately for the child, the political drama ended on a negative note with the student still not being admitted to any school.

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