Upon representations made by several hundreds of students who are seeking admission to the several universities to the HRCSL relating to the violation of their human rights arising from the “Z” score controversy, The HRCSL summoned representatives from the University Grants Commission, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Department of Examinations for a comprehensive discussion of the problems involved.
The discussion was held on 27.07.2012 at the HRCSL Head Office. This was held under the leadership of the Chairman, HRCSL – Justice Priyantha R P Perera, Mrs. Jezima Ismail – Commissioner, HRCSL, Mr. T E Anandarajah – Commissioner, HRCSL, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa – Commissioner, HRCSL, Ms. Samanthie Jayamanne – Secretary, HRCSL, Mr. Nimal Punchihewa – Addl. Secretary (Legal), HRCSL and Ms. Roshini Hettige – Acting Director (Inquiries & Investigations), HRCSL.
At this discussion Prof. Ranjith Senaratne – Vice Chancellor, UGC, Mr. Tissa Nandasena – Secretary, UGC, Ms. G M N S Ranaweera, UGC , Ms. Vishaka Wanasinghe – Deputy Secretary, UGC , Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne – Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Mr. W K N Wijetunge – Director, Ministry of Education, Mr. H J M C A Jayasundare – Commissioner – Department of Examination and Mr. D S Wickramasooriya – Deputy Commissioner, Department of Examination participated.
The members of the Human Rights Commission had a meaningful discussion with the officials present and the Commission was of the unanimous view that indeed there were several important questions both factual and legal which have to be resolved in order to reach a meaningful settlement of these problems which effect the students concerned.
The Commission having given full consideration to all the specific issues that had arisen were of the unanimous view that all the parties who participated at this discussion should seek an appointment with the Hon. Attorney General, and present their respective problems to him and obtain his valuable advice with a view to resolving the aforesaid problems of mixed questions of facts and law.