Close to 6000 school children have been victimized as a result of the government’s plan to carry out their election campaigning activities in Uva in the guise of a concert organised by the military.
Three leading schools including the Mahanama National School, Mahanama Primary School and Royal College in Moneragala have been closed for its students since September 4 and is due to remain closed until September 11 as they have been used to accomodate military personnel who are participating in a three-day (Sep 8 – 10) event that had been abruptly planned.
Teachers and parents enraged at the disruption of academic activities, blame the poor planning of the authorities in-charge for the present crisis, adding if the school premises were to be used, they could have held the event during the school holidays so that the school activities would not be disturbed.
They point out that holding the event out of the blue – without having to celebrate any particularly event or commemoration – has made it obvious that the event is being used to promote the UPFA election campaigning activities.
However, election law violations and election-related violence however continue to occur in Moneragala despite the area presently sprawling with military and police personnel.