Non-schooling children enrolled for formal education – WPCM



by Dasun Edirisinghe


Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said yesterday that 450 children who did not go to school or had dropped out of school had been admitted to schools so far this year in the Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha Districts.


The Chief Minister said that he had launched a programme to provide education for all the children of school-going age in his capacity as the Western Province Education Minister.


The programme by the Non - formal Education Unit of the Provincial Education Ministry had identified some students who had never been to school, but they were still in the school going age, Ranatunga said.


He said that a survey had found that majority of non-schooling children living along the coastal belt in the province did not go to school owing to parental negligence.


"We will conduct a separate programme to make those parents aware of the need to give an education for their children without forcing them to work," Chief Minister Ranatunga said, adding that the programme would start from most vulnerable areas, especially in the coastal belt.


The provincial education ministry had identified non-schooling children through Grama Niladaris or Samurdhi officers, the minister said, adding that after identifying them they would be sent to schools with the knowledge of parents.


Ranatunga said that his ministry expected to ensure that each and every child attended school by 2017.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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