Army to build 1000 National Schools?

20 January 2012 12:02 am - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Ministry of Education made a request to the Ministry of Defence on the possibility of the security forces playing a in building 1,000 National Schools at a cost of Rs.3.5 Billion.

A letter to this effect had been sent by Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena to Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa recently.

The government came up with the plan last year to develop 1,000 National Schools equipped with modern facilities, while developing 5,000 primary schools in the country.

It plans to develop 1,000 National Schools with a minimum of three schools in each of the Divisional Secretariat Divisions. The programme will provide a solution to many of the problems in the education system.

The government plans to upgrade 5,000 primary schools island wide parallel to the 1,000 National Schools programme.

The Army is in the process of forming a separate company within its management to carryout development and construction projects at low cost.

Meanwhile the Army had been selected as a possible sub-contractor to build an oil pipeline to Kolonnawa by an American Company.

The Army has also been able to save more than Rs.300 million to the government by carrying out such projects ranging from constructing houses to road construction projects. These are carried out by Army Engineers supported by a large number of soldiers from every regiment.

A large number of bridges, buildings, playgrounds and parks are also being built by the Army. The Army was also involved in certain aspects in the construction of the Suriyawewa International Cricket Stadium. (Supun Dias)

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  • bash Friday, 20 January 2012 01:47 AM

    QUALITY my dear quality is more important than quantity..... AL marking problem, improving the present, straightening out the weakness in present schools and destroyed schools, expand all the small schools.... YOU MAY FACE GOOD TEACHER SHORTAGES FOR THE NEW SCHOOLS, DO YOU HAVE WELL TRAINED TEACHERS FOR PRESENT AND ADDITIONAL SCHOOLS ????? Focus on QUALITY rather than mess up with quantiry

    ABC Friday, 20 January 2012 03:13 AM

    This is good idea. All school should be seperated into two categorries; (1) Primary school (grade 1-5), (2) National School (Grade 6-12). Then, grade should be made for national school such as A, B1, B2, C and D. This will solve many problem in administrative and resource allocations. Many problem for grade 1 admission also can be solved. According to these national school grading student can be entered in to state universities. Current district scheme should abolish.

    Jayantha Weera Friday, 20 January 2012 03:35 AM

    It is the forces of Sri Lanka who helped the country to be out of misery of three decades. We value the contribution given by them to the development of the country. Great move.

    citizen1 Friday, 20 January 2012 03:58 AM

    It will certainly keep them from mischief since they are
    just idling around these days

    JAMES STOKES Friday, 20 January 2012 04:09 AM

    A well intentioned idea but it robs construction jobs from civilians.

    Aku Aku Friday, 20 January 2012 04:34 AM

    Since there is a dearth of teachers at the present time will these schools have army instructors? Just imagine the school children standing up and saluting their teacher who walks in wearing army fatigues!!!!!!!!

    Ahmed Friday, 20 January 2012 04:49 AM

    There are many holes in education system Eg: A/L result, first try to reform the basic thing and consider other things. Many students lost their confident with government claver A/L result system..Many parents spent thousnads and wasted & sacrified their times for their childrens to get good result in A/L, But finally what happened your guys played on these students...First correct this and give us proper reason why this happened to public...!

    Gaz Friday, 20 January 2012 05:13 AM

    pointless building 1000 schools, we need Good teachers and good education systems to support it. Quantity is not the burning issue right now but quality!!!!!!!!

    Human Friday, 20 January 2012 05:16 AM

    most probably this is to upgrade.

    amara linga Friday, 20 January 2012 07:09 AM

    By building these schools, the army gives more lessons to the world with Sri lankan disipline force. Since we live in North East we request to put more schools like army training school and police schools in North East

    patriot Friday, 20 January 2012 07:09 AM

    Jesus i know for sure that they were rhe one almost all schools in northeast what. A JOKE

    RK Friday, 20 January 2012 07:49 AM

    A very noble idea. A good education is the foundation to a happy life and a successful nation. But the bigger issue is getting quality teachers. Opening teacher training schools in each district would help, and utilizing retired teachers would also be a good idea.

    xlntgson Monday, 23 January 2012 02:06 AM

    How to stop closing schools for lack of children?

    AMT Friday, 20 January 2012 12:23 AM

    The existing National schools do not have adequate equipment for the day to day needs? There are still many schools that were destroyed by tsunami years ago not rebuilt! This Minister of Education wants 10 build 1,000 National Schools and 3,000 primary schools.

    Kolomba Kaka Friday, 20 January 2012 12:46 AM

    Certainly a good request. It will keep the soldiers occupied with a productive task.


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