The petitions had been filed by Dr. Sudath Diguarachchi, a private tutor, and a parent, citing that the government’s decision to put forward a bill to amend the Holidays Act is inappropriate.
They argued that children who hope to acquire additional knowledge would be affected by this Act, against the backdrop of a proper education system at schools.
The petitioners pointed out that Sections 3, 4 and 2 (1) of the bill which proposed amendments to the Act, were in violation of the constitution.
They also stated that this matter should be passed with a two-thirds majority in Parliament and must also be put forward for a referendum. The Attorney General has been named as a respondent to the case.