The president’s investigation commission has issued notice to minister of education, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.
This is with regard to a complaint received by the commission on alleged fraud that had taken place pertaining to text book printing.
When the complaint was taken up for consideration yesterday, former Commissioner General of Educational Publication, current Education Ministry Director (Supplies) I.M.K.B. Illangasinghe testified before the commission.
He had noted that when printing the text books, minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam had personally requested for his image to be included on the text books.
He had been informed that a 4 colour photograph of the minister be used issuing a message by him inclusive of his signature on all textbooks.
The director of supplies further testifying noted that the minister of education had directed him to do so in order to ensure the ministers future political journey and popularity by using his photographs in textbooks.
In addition to textbooks the minister of education has informed his photograph be published in the teachers guides as well.
Accordingly Education Ministry Director (Supplies) I.M.K.B. Illangasinghe noted that for each textbook printed, an additional cost has been incurred as a result of including the additional page comprising the photograph of the minister in 40 million text books which were printed.
According to the evidence gathered, notice has been issued to minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam summoning him to appear before the presidents commission police unit on the 1st of July at 9.30 am.
A spokesperson for the commission noted that the minister has been issued notice to testify before the commission on the 8th of July.