The head line grabbing news item in The Sunday Leader of September 19 did cause many an eye brow to be raised as the news related to happenings in a university campus, namely J’pura. If what was reported is true i.e. that the VC of the university ordered that half a dozen female students be taken by ambulance to Kalubowila hospital against their wish to be tested for their virginity, one is entitled to ask whether the VC himself should not be subjected to a test to see whether he is in possession of his senses. In other words his sanity needs to be assessed by a psychiatrist for giving such a stupid order.
This type of action, in the opinion of the average citizen, is in itself a disqualification for holding such a prestigious post. Obviously he must have been appointed for the wrong reasons — certainly not for academic or administrative ability or his intellect. How can a VC be expected to earn the respect of academic and non academic staff, let alone the students when he abuses power and authority brazenly in this manner? Not being the chancellor for VICE and not even being a WISE chancellor, he is bound to be the laughing stock of the whole academic and student community in the country.
There being no dearth of brilliant men and women at J’pura she does not deserve to be headed by a deviant or pervert. Over to you Minister of Higher Education!
N. Amarasekera, Colombo
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