Former education minister Bandula Gunawardana said today said that the operating of Madrasas was a violation of th e national education policies and as such it was illegal to take them under the purview of the Education Ministry.
The MP told a media conference that some 11,000 schools except for Madrasas adhere to the national education polices.
“There are about 10,000 government schools, 400 Pirivenas and 80 approved private schools which adhere to the national economic policies. However, there are 1,721 Madrasas, 317 Arab schools and 311 Muslim religious entities, which do not do so. Operating a school system of this nature is a violation of education policies,” he said.
The MP said according to the Assisted Schools and Training Colleges Act of 1961, no one can operate a school other than the government for those aged between five and 14.
“Clause 25 of the Act, which is about the regulation to set up new schools says, (1) no person shall (a) establish any school for the education of persons who are between the age of five years and the age of 14 years (both ages inclusive) or (b) establish any school, other than a school referred to in paragraph (a), for the education of persons who are below the age of 18 years without the prior approval of the Director,” he said.
He said against this backdrop Muslim Religious Affairs Minister Abdul Haleem has submitted a Cabinet paper proposing to place Madrasas under the purview of a special committee at the Education Ministry and to enable Madrasas to award diplomas and higher national diplomas.
“This is illegal. We urge the government to withdraw this proposal immediately and appoint a committee comprising religious leaders and the representatives of the National Education Commission to advise the President, to solve this matter. If the issue is aggravated, the Opposition will go to the Supreme Court,” the MP said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
This MP is showing his racism openly. If it is only the government which is permitted to operate school systems for aged between 5
Munsir Tuesday, 28 May 2019 06:57 PM
Those madrasas do not depend on state funds.most of the student studing at those goverment school which depend on state fund finally go to settle down in other countries.
ravin Tuesday, 28 May 2019 06:59 PM
Who's educational policies? If we had correct policies in past, school children does not have go for so much tuition classes these days. You accept only tuition policy?
Borat Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:04 PM
Another joker in the fray
shawn Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:20 PM
Go to courts, sue them . sometimes those were allowed by your government , during last regime
Kamal Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:27 PM
There is no requirement of any madarsas to operate on the land of Srilankan soil. Close them down immediately
Dayan Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:28 PM
We have elected members to parliament to debate and pass necessary legislation to govern the country. Why do you tell us your inability to get together and attend to those. We have to elect people suitable to govern the country effectively. Whole lot occupying diyawanna will have to replace next time with people who can deliver, and not talkers.
TJ Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:39 PM
People want to know the actions that you had to regularize madrasas when you were the minister
ahamed Wednesday, 29 May 2019 12:45 PM
when did he return from Singapore?
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