SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT BOARDS ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of school Development Boards.

3. Constitution of School Development Boards.

4. Disqualification for membership.

5. Tenure of office of elected or nominated members of a Board or sub-committee.

6. Meeting of the Board.

7. Secretary of a Board established for a school.

8. Functions of a Board.

9. Sub-committees.

10. School Development Fund.

11. Treasurer of the Board.

12. Dissolution of Board and reconstitution.

13. Regulations.

14. Transitional provision.

15. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

16. Interpretation.

SCHEDULE

8 of 1993.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of School Development Boards; and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 26th February, 1993]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the School Development Boards Act.

2. Establishment of School Development Boards.

There shall be established, with effect from the appointed date, a School Development Board (hereinafter referred to as a "Board”) for every school.

3. Constitution of School Development Boards.

A Board established for a school shall consist of

(a) the following ex-officio members, namely, the Principal of that school, who shall be the Chairman of the Board, and the Senior Deputy Principal of that school;

(b) the following other members—

(i) three teachers of that school, elected by secret ballot by the teachers teaching in that school at a meeting of such teachers summoned for the purpose by the Principal or in his absence, the Senior Deputy Principal of that school, or where the number of teachers teaching in that school is three or less than three, all the teachers teaching in that school. Where the number of teachers so elected is less than three, the other members of the Board shall elect or nominate to the Board such number of members as are required to make up the difference between three and the number of teachers so elected, from among the parents of pupils of that school, past pupils of that school and well-wishers of the school community, endeavouring to ensure, as far as practicable, that all such categories are equally represented on the Board;

(ii) three parents of pupils presently studying in that school, elected by secret ballot at a meeting of such parents summoned for the purpose by the Principal or in his absence, the Senior Deputy Principal, of that school. A legal guardian of a pupil studying in that school shall be deemed to be a parent of that pupil for the purpose of this section;

(iii) three past pupils who are members of the Past Pupils Association of that school, elected by secret ballot at a general meeting of the Past Pupils Association, or where there is no such Past Pupils Association of that school, three past pupils of that school elected by secret ballot at a meeting of such past pupils summoned for the purpose by the Principal or in his absence, the Senior Deputy Principal, of that school. Where there are no such past pupils or the number of past pupils present are inadequate for the purpose of holding an election, the other members of the Board shall elect or nominate to the Board, three members from among the teachers of the school, parents of pupils of that school and the well-wishers of the school community, endeavouring to ensure, as far as practicable, that all such categories are equally represented on the Board;

(iv) a person elected by the members of the Board to represent the well-wishers of the school community. In electing or nominating members to a Board established that school shall endeavour to ensure, that as far as the parents of the pupils of that school and past pupils of that school shall endeavour to ensure, that as far as practicable, both sexes are equally represented on the Board. A member elected or nominated under this paragraph, is hereinafter, referred to as an "elected member”.

4. Disqualification for membership.

A person shall be disqualified from being elected or nominated or from continuing as a member of a Board established for a school if he—

(a) is a Member of Parliament, a Member of a Provincial Council, or a member of a local authority;

(b) is under eighteen years of age;

(c) is under any law in force in Sri Lanka or any other country, found or declared to be of unsound mind;

(d) is a person who, having been declared an insolvent, or a bankrupt under any law in force in Sri Lanka or in any other country, is an undischarged insolvent or bankrupt;

(e) is a person on whom a sentence of imprisonment (including a suspended sentence) has been imposed by any court in Sri Lanka or any other country; or

(f) is registered as a contractor under the Ministry of the Minister or the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Higher Education or the Ministry of the Provincial Minister for the purpose of undertaking contracts for the construction of buildings, or the supply of equipment or the provision of services or is the parent, spouse, brother or sister of such person or is a person who is employed by, or has an interest in, a company or a partnership registered with the Ministry of the Minister or the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Higher Education or the Ministry of the Provincial Minister for the purpose of undertaking contracts for the construction of buildings, or the supply of equipment or the provision of services or is a parent, spouse, brother or sister of such person.

5. Tenure of office of elected or nominated members of a Board or subcommittee.

(1) An elected or nominated member of a Board or sub-committee established or constituted for a school may resign his office at any time by a letter addressed to the Principal or the Senior Deputy Principal of that school.

(2) If an elected or nominated member of a Board or sub-committee established or constituted for a school becomes subject to any of the disqualifications set out in section 4 or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the school, the teachers, parents and past pupils of such school may remove such member from office by a resolution passed at a meeting of the teachers, parents and past pupils of such school summoned for the purpose by the Principal, at the request of at least ten teachers, parents and past pupils, in the aggregate.

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