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The Education Ministry would soon introduce lessons on prevention of bribery and corruption into the syllabus in schools, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

Minister said this while delivering a speech at an awareness programme held at the Taj Samudra, Colombo on the series of programmes organised among students and school community regarding prevention of bribery and corruption.

“The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, headed by Ms. Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe, has started working closely with the Education Ministry by adopting education models to ensure the plan materialised,” he said.

The series of programmes is organized under Sathpiyawara awareness programme spearheaded by the Commission parallel to the International Anti-Corruption Day which falls on December 09.

During the programme, principals, teaching advisers and teachers were educated regarding the preparing of books to be issued for students on prevention of bribery and corruption.

Coming October month was named as the ‘Month of Preventing Bribery and Corruption’ by Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

During October, a number of workshops and events including debates and poster competitions would be held at all government schools in collaboration with the Commission and Education Ministry. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • Thanos Wednesday, 06 July 2016 10:38 PM

    Yeah, but to enter a student to a school parent have to pay......well you know.

    Dr Sulaiman Thursday, 07 July 2016 12:04 AM

    No where in the world we have such a syllabus to teach this issue .. Sociology or citizenship or legal studies should cover this issue .. No need to waste public money on this but take legal action to all who spread corruption and bribes I think Air port staff need this type of class Police need this type of class Some solicitors too need this type of class More than village heads And AGA need this More than than political leaders need it

    Coconut Republic Thursday, 07 July 2016 01:53 AM

    Don't worry, they will rephrase to their convenience.

    Coconut Republic Thursday, 07 July 2016 01:55 AM

    Add social behaviour too!

    Henry Thursday, 07 July 2016 04:15 AM

    Hey Minister start from the TOP not from the bottom!

    Ali Thursday, 07 July 2016 04:23 AM

    Hope this syllabus, "prevention of corruption" looks at the psychology level, and not just at the enforcement level which repeatedly proves to fail.Corrupt mentality in Sri Lanka starts at as early as a parent sending a gift to a school teacher with some hidden expectation of special care for the kid. Corruption and bribery are not just things for politicians alone; we see it on a daily basis, the corruption everywhere. Be it a low waged peon in the office, or a traffic cop, a bank's manager or even a school principal..all are into it.Nipping it in the bud, needs to understand why it is being the popular practice among masses to get things done fast? Or what circumstances that encourage otherwise supposed to be honest professionals or individuals get so venal?If we have to avoid standing in a long line, bribing the peon is not the only solution. This could also be avoided by not having longer lines.

    Sam Thursday, 07 July 2016 07:47 AM

    Mr Minister, It is a very good move Thank you very much. Also please include social behavior and non violent methods of solving problems.

    Observer Thursday, 07 July 2016 08:45 AM

    Hope the lessons will not lead to the children learning ways of escaping detection like the Politicians. via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:10 AM

    Social behavior including respect towards all races and religions.

    Milson Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:30 AM

    Appreciate if you could start this in Parliament.

    Sharon Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:49 AM

    How funny you forgot the members of this government...

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:12 AM

    Also a class for future Sinhalese Buddhist Priests, not to engage in politics, thuggery, racism etc....

    Shanaka Perera Thursday, 07 July 2016 12:03 PM

    Good move! @Sam: Really good suggestion! We as citizens should support to implement these things.

    Lanka Wednesday, 06 July 2016 07:50 PM

    How about passing out that syllabus to the members of the Parliament and to every gov. officer?

    Citizen Wednesday, 06 July 2016 07:51 PM

    Why not also have a lesson on insider trading and bond scams?

    ArjunBond008 Thursday, 07 July 2016 02:37 PM

    these weren't in school when I was schooling :(

    ArjunBond008 Thursday, 07 July 2016 02:39 PM

    and a class for all minorities to learn to live in harmony

    Manel Wednesday, 06 July 2016 08:28 PM

    After introduction of the syllabus get all members of previous Govt. to follow the classes.

    ANTON Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:12 PM

    NOT IN SCHOOLS , THIS SHOULD START IN THE PARLIAMENT FIRST. MODULE NO. 01 : WHAT IS BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION ? MODULE NO. 02 : WHO DO THESE THINGS ? WHY ? MODULE NO. 03 : WHO CAN CONTROL OR PREVENT THESE THINGS ? MODULE NO 04 : WHAT IS THE MINIMUM PUNISHMENT RECOMMENDED FOR THESE OFFENCES ?


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