Scores of children of Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha were deprived from sitting for the first semester examinations recently, as Ambassador A.S.P Liyanage ordered the school authorities to not permit those from doing so, as they had not paid their school fees.
The school authorities under the orders of Ambassador Liyanage had then rounded up all the children who could not sit their exams into a classroom and had proceeded to further ridicule them by filming them off their mobile phones.
“I cant figure out why the school authorities had to humiliate our children in this manner ‘”said a dejected parent who recently had been made redundant by his company and was facing difficulties in paying his child’s school fees.
Earlier in late January 2019, whilst addressing the school authorities at a meeting, Ambassador Liyanage had officially made an announcement and ordered the school to take such measures for non-payment of school fees.
Colombo Telegraph is in possession of that particular audio recording.
In the audio recording Ambassador Liayange also blamed Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena saying “I am forcefully being kept here in Qatar. I have tendered my resignation on several occasions but President Sirisena is not accepting it”.
Many parents of the school children who were deprived of sitting their first semester examination had then proceeded to the Supreme Council of Education in Doha Qatar, to make an official complain regarding this issue.
Over the last 17 years and ever since the commencement of the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha, not a single child has ever been deprived of sitting an examination.
Despite the financial crisis experienced in 2008 -2010 and also the ongoing blockade since June 2017, most parents were given opportunities to settle their outstanding dues through various means depending on their situation and ability.
Since September 2018 and the illegal and forceful takeover of the school by Ambassador A.S.P Liyanage the entire scenario of this only Sri Lankan Community School built by its founder Kumudu Fonseka and the Board of Trustees have taken a twist for the worse. Ambassador Liyanage then laid siege to over Rs 500 million that lay in the school’s bank accounts.
Over 400 African, Pakistani and Afghan children have been enrolled by Ambassador Liyanage, destroying the values that the school was founded upon.
“Now this is not a Sri Lankan Community School anymore. This is like entering the African continent. All our Sri Lankan values and cultural beliefs have changed. There are even more African security guards deployed in the school by Ambassador Liyanage’s daughter’s father in law Pantalin Fernando’s security company loitering in the premises. It’s a huge culture shock our children are facing at moment” said a parent who did not wish to be named.