World Bank money in place of funds collected from schoolchildren

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Education Ministry will provide school based learning improvement grants to all 352 national schools this year to end collection of monetary contributions from schoolchildren.

The World Bank funded ‘Transforming School Education Programme (TSEP) 2012-2017 will finance this programme.

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam yesterday said that based on the performance and efficiency of utilisation of the grant, the Ministry would introduce a performance-based grant for schools as a second phase of the programme in the future.

Addressing a press conference at the Ministry auditorium, the minister said that grant would be utilised to improve the students learning outcomes and teaching learning process, implementation of capacity development programmes, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, special projects for improving soft-skills, innovative programmes and maintenance and minor repairs of school buildings and equipment up to maximum of 40 per cent of the total grant.

According to the programme, 91 schools with equal or more than 3,000 students would receive Rs. 1,500,000 as a block grant and 259 schools with 400 - 2,999 students will receive a grant worked out on the basis of per-student unit cost of Rs. 500. Under this category, the school with highest number of students would receive Rs. 1,493,500 and the school with lowest number of students will receive Rs. 203,000.

Two newly established national schools with less than 399 students will receive Rs. 100,000 each.

He said that in cooperation with the Provincial education authorities, the Ministry would extend the programme to all schools across the system in the future.

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