The Minister says the mother wants to keep the child but there is a concern the child will get HIV by sleeping on the same bed with the mother.
“I was told by the zonal (education) director that doctors told him the father of this boy died of HIV and that the mother also has HIV,” he said.
He says if the mother has an open wound that may cause HIV to spread to the child when the child comes in contact with the mother.
The Minister said if the mother does not allow the child to be transferred to child probation, legal action will be filed to ensure that is done.
He says the Education Ministry wants to keep the child in child probation and give him school education without allowing the situation to aggravate further.
“We want this child to get a school but we don’t want this done by creating another situation,” he said.
The child was recently forced to leave his school over claims he has AIDS but the Minister said that tests found the claims were false.
However pressure from the parents of the students in the school forced the authorities to remove the child and look for a new school for him. (Colombo Gazette)