The Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) has condemned an incident at a school in Hatton in which its principal assaulted a female student with a broom-handle.
The victim, a 10th grader at Bogahawatta Sinhala Vidyalaya in Kotagala, is receiving hospitalised treatment.
Secretary of the CTU Joseph Stalin says the attack is a blemish on the entire teaching profession.
According to the girl, she was repeatedly attacked with a broom-handle after she asked the principal not to use bad language on her younger brother, a student of the same school, for not contributing money for a teacher felicitation.
Charging any money from schoolchildren goes against all circulars, notes Stalin, and calls for the enforcement of the law against violators.