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)