Principals’ ‘leadership’ programme suspended

The Education Ministry has suspended the leadership training programme conducted for principals with immediate effect.

This is following the death of a principal who died while participating in a leadership training programme last Saturday.

However, the Ministry will consider whether to lift the temporary suspension or not, after considering the report of the investigations being conducted into the death of the principal.

Education Ministry sources said that Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed Ministry Secretary Sunil Hettiarachchi to conduct an investigation into the death of the principal at the Ministry level.

He has further instructed the Secretary to suspend the leadership training programme till the completion of the investigation of the death.

The principal of the Ambalantota Suchi National School Rohini Kumari Attapattu (53) had died while participating in a leadership training programme conducted for Principals last Saturday. Meanwhile the inquiry into the death of Ambalantota Suchi National School Principal Rohini Kumari Atapattu, 52, was held at the Colombo Coroner’s Court on Monday.

Kumari Atapattu succumbed to her injuries after falling down a rope ladder she was trying to climb down during a training programme for Principals at the Wayamba Teacher Training Centre, in Wariyapola, Kurunegala on Saturday.

Her husband Tillakaratna Abeysinghe, 59, Administrative Officer, Hambantota Kachcheri giving evidence said his wife had fallen while trying to climb down a 40feet rope ladder.

City Coroner Mohamed Ashraff Rumy who conducted the postmortem examination after taking medical reports and evidence into consideration, ordered Maradana Police which led evidence to produce the officer-in-charge of the said training programme and documents pertaining to the training in court on March 8.

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