Lives of schoolchildren are in danger from substandard quality imported educational equipment being sold in the country, says the national movement for the protection of consumer rights.
Its president Ranjith Vithanage says a market observation found an increased availability of imports from countries like China which are lower in both price and quality.
Their attractive finish lures children over the higher-priced quality products.
NO standards have been introduced by the Standards Institution for educational equipment, notes Vithanage.
He urges authorities to regulate imported pencils, water bottles, lunch boxes etc.