(This news item from Daily Mirror today looks as it has little to do with education policy. However, it is a good illustration of the difficulties children in some parts of the country had to face in pursuing their studies. Even in this twenty first century we have students who daily walk 5-10 km to reach schools, sometimes risking their own lives as this unfortunate girl had to. Please note this happens in a country that boasts having a school for every 6 square km)
The body of a female student sitting for the Advance Level examination at Passara Maha Vidyalaya who went missing since Monday morning, was found yesterday by her mother.
The victim Rajapakse Mudiyanselage Kanchana Manohari, a Prefect of the Maha Vidyalaya had left home to answer her final A/L exam paper on Monday morning but had not returned.
Her body was discovered by her mother S.M. Sumanawathie the following morning, dumped in a shrub jungle along the Maduwatta Road in Hopton Estate.
According to Lunugala Police the victim is believed to have been raped at this stretch of the lonely road of around five miles and later killed. The body was found in a pool of blood.