The reformulated draft of the National Policy on Grade 1 admissions based on the guidelines recommended by the Supreme Court will be presented to the Court for a final order tomorrow with minor revisions.
The reformulated draft was presented to courts yesterday. The Bench comprised Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, Justices N.G. Amaratunga and Jagath Balapatabendi.
The amended draft would thereafter be presented to the Cabinet the same day. The representatives of Past Pupils’ Associations, Parents’ Association and the Education Ministry Secretary are to meet today to facilitate the inclusion of the amended revisions.
Past Pupils’ Associations of popular schools like Ananda, Nalanda, Pannipitiya Dharmapala, Royal, Kurunegala Maliyadeva, Visakha Vidyalaya, Matara Rahula and Southland Balika Galle were the petitioners in the case.
They asked the court to set aside the latest guidelines for the admission of students to Grade 1 for 2008.
Consequent to a lawsuit, the Supreme Court on March 29 delivered its judgment declaring as null and void the School Admission Circular dated May 23, 2006 and court held that the matter of formulating a National Policy on the admission of students to State schools is vested with the National Education Commission and directed the Secretary to the President to obtain the recommendation of the Commission and submit a draft proposal to the court for examination.
After three months, the National Education Commission submitted to the President a Policy framework which was purportedly inconsistent with the Supreme Court judgment.
32 Past Pupils’ Associations formed the Joint Committee of Past Pupils’ Associations and submitted their recommendations to the President.
The Joint Committee submitted a draft circular for consideration of the court in accordance with the guidelines formulated by the Supreme Court.
The petitioners alleged that contravening the court order the Education Ministry Secretary had published guidelines which were a total deviation from the criteria laid down by the court.
President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva appeared for Old Boys’ Association of Ananda College and Sanjeeva Jayawardane with Rajiv Amarasuriya for Old Boys’s Association of Royal College. Dusit Jesudasan appeared for Matara Rahula Vidyalaya and Deputy Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam for the State.