Law on private tuition

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 By Jamila Najmuddin

The government is expected to introduce tighter regulations on private tuition classes, international schools and other educational institutions which operate in the country in order to minimize sub standard institutes from being established, Education Minister Bandula Gunewardena said.

Speaking to Daily Mirror online, the Minister said that the new laws which will be introduced through an Act to be presented in parliament soon and the government had already appointed a special committee to study the laws.

The Minister added that the existing laws covering the education sector had not been amended since 1930 and due to this a lot of sub standard educational institutes had sprung up in the country and unqualified people had begun giving tuition classes.

The Minister further said that suggestions had already been presented by various individuals and academics calling on tighter laws to be introduced on how educational institutions should operate.

“The government is considering these proposals suggested by the academics and we are currently studying and monitoring all the educational institutions in the country including private tuition classes and international schools,” Minister Gunewardena said.

The moves to introduce tighter laws come amidst several complaints pouring in to the Police Women and Children’s Bureau of underage children being abused by tuition masters in remote villages.

According to the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) Chairperson, Anoma Dissanayaka, a lot of complaints of underage children being abused and raped by teachers and tuition masters had also been reported through the 1929 hotline.

Several scams have also been reported of unqualified fraudsters collecting money in the guise of tuition teachers. (Daily Mirror online)

 

 

 


 

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  • I Hussein Tuesday, 10 August 2010 05:54 PM

    Mr. Minister too earned a hell-of-a-lot by conducting tuition classes from morning till evening, for A/L commerce students.

    sxhabeee Wednesday, 11 August 2010 04:29 AM

    also should control the fees being charged....

    Saba Tuesday, 10 August 2010 06:02 PM

    International schools that are up to standard, should be brought under the Department of Education's purview. The students should be allowed to participate at all regional and national sports events as well.

    Rohitha Tuesday, 10 August 2010 06:46 PM

    When Bandula was a tuition master, none of these laws were applicable!

    Kamal Wickramanayake Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:19 PM

    Please, do it in a way that will apply to all including the government managed. Particularly, some scheme should be introduced to objectively evaluate the teachers up to university professors. Also, the outcome of the institutions. There should be some penalty scheme including sending people home. At institute level, preventing them enrolling new students and so on...

    bash Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:26 PM

    He doesn't want other to to what he did

    david Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:30 PM

    Regulate the Government schools first.
    Let them pay to the school teachers good.
    So they will do their job perfectly. Students won't go to tuition classes.
    Even with low salary there are many teachers producing good results from the student.
    So shy on Governments to make a situation like this in Sri Lanka.

    GMJ Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:31 PM

    There are undereducated imposers and misleaders can be found in the tution field who uses other peoples tutes and 'shapes' his class just to make money and have 'pleasure' on the female students.

    xlntgson Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:09 AM

    Like the one done by Sakvithis, collecting money before giving any class at all, though it is very difficult to collect fees for some masters after giving class visiting homes!

    Arjuna Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:39 PM

    sad to say, but nowadays the most substandard educational institutions are none other than the government schools themselves. kids get through their exams thanks to the tuition classes. Better still try to improve the education system and improve the resources we already have. The A/L exam especially must be revamped as the current syllabuses are designed to restrict student input into universities.... anyone who has been to school recently knows that

    Ibnu Batuta Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:49 PM

    The gov has already destroyed the future of one generation for not looking into standards of mushrooming "international" schools for over decade.

    Senior Citizen Tuesday, 10 August 2010 09:39 AM

    Good job for the former tuition master to implement.

    XSVB70B Tuesday, 10 August 2010 03:11 PM

    Err isnt the international school standards waaayy better than what u fine in govermnt schools ?!

    Ronnie Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:58 AM

    Excuse me. International schools are mostly privately owned, and due to their British curriculum, they are of much better standard than the government schools where the phrase "liberal education" hasn't even been heard of. Students from these schools have a place in the world. They may fool around in school, but the ones that excel, take it to the top and are leaders in their fields, internationally. Please fix the government/provincial schools first. I agree, tuition classes needs more laws to prevent perverts and unqualified people running them. But don't point fingers at international schools which produce the only sensible, modern citizens that are suitable for the modern Sri Lanka unlike the terrorists that are fostered in local universities.


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