VIDEO: Principal dies during leadership training; CTU wants programme stopped
Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) secretary Joseph Stalin

VIDEO: Principal dies during leadership training; CTU wants programme stopped

June 30, 2013   12:25 pm

A school principal has died after suffering a heart attack while undergoing ‘Leadership training’ at the Rantambe camp this morning, the Ceylon Teachers’ Union said.

W.A.S. Wickramasinghe, Principal of Raddolugama Pangngananda Madya Maha Vidyalaya, had suffered a heart attack at the Rantambe Cadet Camp while preparing for morning exercises today, CTU secretary Joseph Stalin said.

He stated that the leadership training programme, which gives Colonel Ranks to school principals who undergo a week long military training, should be halted immediately as it is completely useless for the school system.

Stalin stated that because principals of all schools are above the ages of 40, 50 subjecting them to such harsh training without assessing physical fitness levels leads to such incidents.

He also demanded thorough inquiry into the death of the principal, who could have contributed more to the school system. The 52-year-old school principal had only commenced training at the Rantambe camp 3 days ago, Stalin said.  

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