Education Ministry without clear policy – Dinesh



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by Don Asoka Wijewardena   


The private schools and other educational institutions in Sri Lanka were not following the orders issued by the Education Ministry. One reason was the Education Ministry had not been vested with adequate power. The second reason was that the Ministry did not have a clear educational policy, Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said.


Speaking at a Seminar on Sri Lanka’s Educational Crisis held at Maharagama Sanasa Centre recently, he said the educational sphere in Sri Lanka was under severe pressure at the moment. To face the challenges by the younger generation, there should be a clear cut policy implementation.


The Water Supply and Drainage Minister pointed out that when the Free Education Act was approved in 1962; all the schools became government-owned. It was a big change in Sri Lanka.


But that process had now become trivial. There were international schools as well as foreign-owned educational institutes.


The Education Ministry was unable to take correct decisions on such schools at the moment.


Former Provincial Council member Sulochana Gamage said that there were around 10,000 schools in the country, but the Central Government owned only 400 to 500 schools. About 9000 schools belonged to the respective provincial councils. He had looked into the school activities in the Western province recently. He had never suggested to the government that he would not recommend any school to be closed.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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