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The circular issued in relation to admission of children to schools is in itself discriminatory as it tests the means of parents, Attorney-at-Law Saliya Peiris observed.

For example, parents with deeds are afforded more marks, and due to this, certain children whose parents have means in the form of a house are favoured above those who do not possess such assets, he said.

In popular schools, there is a trend where the schools show reluctance to admit children who come from tenements wattes and slums, he explained.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka too receives complaints concerning children being refused admission to schools on various grounds, some valid while others are not, he added. He noted that certain petitions involved adequate marks not being given.

There are cases where the parents allege that while their child had not been admitted, another child from similar background had been taken, Peiris remarked.