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Education Ministry to monitor all schools and educational institutions

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Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that all government and private schools and educational institutes will be regulated and monitored by the Education Ministry.

Minister made this statement while addressing a ceremony to present appointment letters to the Sri Lanka Teacher Service held at the Ape Gama premises, Battaramulla yesterday (30)

He further said that there is a need to regulate and monitor all government and private schools aiming at maintaining the standards of education.

“The proposed monitoring and regulating process will be carried out by a committee formed under the Education Ministry,” he added

Minister Kariyawasam also said that the Sri Lankan education system needs some more radical changes to meet the international and most advanced standards.

Accordingly, subjects will be taught by only highly qualified subject teachers, who earned Degrees and Masters Degrees in the said field. Experienced teachers in that calibre will be issued a licence which simplifies the capabilities for teaching.

“Professionalism and academic knowledge are a must for teachers,” he noted.

Meanwhile, the Minister said that the government will recruit 20,000 graduates to the public service in due course. “Of this amount, 5,000 graduates have already been absorbed to the state service by now and moves are underway to recruit the rest with immediate effect,” he added.

Minister Kariyawasam also said that more graduates will be recruited to the teacher service aiming to end the teachers shortage and that measures have been already taken under the programme for the education sector development to minimise teacher and principal shortages in the school system.

Nearly 600 Development Officers recruited under the graduate schemes in 2013, 2018 and 2019 received appointment letters at the ceremony.