Colombo Telegraph learns the common man and woman is now being forced to pay for the festivities that were thrown for the President Rajapaksa’s visit to the North over the weekend.
Teachers attached to the Neduntheevu (Delft) Maha Vidyalaya have been ordered to pay Rs. 7000 each by the school administration as the festivities thrown to welcome the President who visited the school on October 14 had cost more than the originally estimated amount.
The event had been organized to welcome President Rajapaksa who opened the Mahindodaya laboratory in the school.
According to Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin, the school authorities had informed the teachers that a total of extra Rs. 108,000 was spent on the event, apart from the Rs. 200,000 that had been given to the school by the provincial education office.
“It is absurd that finances allocated for the development of the provincial education sector is being spent on futile events on this nature without any control in spending. Besides why should the teachers be forced to pay for the festivities thrown for the President?” he questioned.