A principal of a Sri Lankan school died today during a leadership training session at the Rantambe military camp.
The deceased has been identified as W.A. Wickramasinghe (52) from the Raddolugama Pangnananda National School. Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin said the principal had passed away after admission to the Mahiyangana Hospital.
According to Stalin, the principal had a fall this morning during a physical training session and he is believed to have died of a cardiac arrest.
Speaking to media Stalin pointed out that school principals selected for the program are all above age of 40 and not all physically fit to handle the rigorous training.
He said the military-based leadership program for principals is totally useless for the education system and it must be ceased.
The training programme for school principals initiated by the Education Ministry had commenced at the Rantambe camp about three days ago.
Principals who successfully complete the training programme are awarded the military rank of colonel.
30 June 2013