National counselling centre for school children
The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) will set up a National
Students Counselling Centre to serve school children.
School children will be able to obtain the service of this centre by
visiting the centre or over the phone, NCPA Chairman Jagath Wellawatta
He said Sri Lankan school children need a National Counselling Centre
because they have many problems, especially the teenage school children.
"Most of them do not have a person to turn to when they face problems.
Until the NCPA opens this Service, it will make available telephone
lines for children to talk about their problems", he said.
According to Wellawatta, some recent incidents that took place in
certain state and private schools in Sri Lanka highlighted the
requirement of a National Students Counselling Service/Centre.
"This centre will be the first step of the national program and it
will save many innocent lives of school children. Most of the time
school children commit suicide because they have no one to trust and
talk about their problems without fear," he said. "When studying child
abuse cases reported to the NCPA, a very clear trend can be identified.
It is the mothers who use their own children to get divorced while
acquiring the custody of the child and properties.
They do it by teaching the child to accuse his/her own father for
But many in depth investigations have revealed that it was the
mothers who exploited the child by teaching them to lie and sometimes
harming children by various means in order to prove that the father
molested the child, he added.