Right to participation of Students at Senior Secondary Level in Sri Lanka: Promises and Practices
Participation is one of the rights applied to every child capa-ble of forming his or her own views. The main objective of this study is to investigate the scope of children’s right to participation enshrined in the UNCRC (United Nations Con-vention on Rights of Child) and how that right has been prac-ticed in Sri Lankan schools at senior secondary level. The study seeks to investigate the implementation on right to par-ticipation within the school. The study used a sequential de-scriptive mixed methods survey design. The study was con-ducted with 90 students and 6 class teachers from grade 10 and 11 in Colombo District. Three schools, represented each from 1AB, 1C, type2 government school located in the above District. Semi structured questionnaire was employed to col-lect data from students and teachers. Documentary survey also employed. The study explored the impact of the present practice of right to participation on senior secondary stu-dents in selected school. The findings of this study conclude with a critical discussion on how to develop suitable strate-gies and guidelines to assure right to participation of Sri Lankan senior secondary students.
Index Terms - Right to participation, senior secondary students, promises, practices