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NCPA to probe Participation of children at Guinness Record attempt

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) yesterday started an investigation over the deployment of 250 schoolchildren to hold the saree fall extending up to 3.2 kilometres of a bride who was vying to set a Guinness record.

This bride who got married at the Grand Kandyan Hotel on September 22 was vying to set up a Guinness World Record by wearing a Kandyan style saree (Osariya) with the longest fall extending up to 3.2 kilometres.

The observation for the Guinness World Record was made by spreading the saree fall from Peradeniya junction up to Eriyagama junction along the Gannoruwa road to announce the record at Gannoruwa.

It has been reported that 250 children of the Sarath Ekanayake Primary school, Alawathuwala were asked to come to school by 6 a.m. Later, these children in school uniforms were asked to stand in line for four hours along the main road from Getambe to Eeriyagama junction in the scorching sun.

The Authority has started investigations into this incident based on a complaint.The Authority has received information that these students did not participate in academic activities on this day. Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has ordered Education Ministry Secretary Sunil Hettiarachchi to conduct an investigation into this incident.

Kariyawasam said the Ministry had issued a circular to schools and provincial educational authorities preventing authorities from using children for outside activities without proper authorisation. “We have already called a report over this incident from provincial educational authorities,” he said.