Amidst complaints about errors in question papers and irregularities in Z-scores, the Education Ministry has decided to ‘strengthen’ its supervisory role on the Department of Examination, and to overhaul its functions, officials said.
Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Jayaratne told the Daily Mirror that he would take steps to restructure the functions of the Department to ensure that its credibility would not suffer in any of its activities in the future.
“Of course, there cannot be any fault on the part of the Department,” he said.
Mr. Jayaratne said he would not leave any stone unturned in his programme to reform the activities of the Ministry and various institutions coming under it.
Asked about actions to be taken in this exercise, he said the internal administration of the Department would be redeveloped with the assistance of the Ministry of Public Management Reforms.
“We will look to the capacity development of officials and monitoring them. We will have a review the system and procedure. We are responsible to the parents and students,” he said.
“I am happy to entertain views of the general public in this regard. Their proposals are welcome. I listen to them patiently. I meet around 500 people who come to the Ministry every Wednesday,” he said.
Besides, he said the teachers who had worked at national schools for more than 20 years would be transferred immediately.
“I will not hesitate to take action in this case. We have identified certain changes to be done in the school administrative structure,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)
Revamping can start by removing idiotic politicians heading the ministry.
Nero Monday, 03 September 2012 01:41 AM
it is more appropriate for the top to quit when such mistakes are made. Even the founder of Apple Computers, the late Steve Jobs was fired when he made mistakes.
Sri lankan Monday, 03 September 2012 03:35 AM
This is a eye wash...
Sapumal Bandara Monday, 03 September 2012 03:46 AM
The Secretary is talking through his hat. How can he transfer the teachers who are there at Royal, Ananda, Visakha, etc................ for over twenty years. There are more powerful than the Secretary himself.
IHM Monday, 03 September 2012 05:54 AM
Do you think that our so called ministers will Quit? if that the case enitre ministries should be quitting frequently in our history of politics since 20 - 30 years. simply ministers will move from one ministry to another. and legend continues.
Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 03 September 2012 06:10 AM
Give them a Test paper and see who will pass!
Professor Monday, 03 September 2012 09:21 AM
The Department of Examinations could start strengthening it's supervisory role from 2012 Advanced Level Examination so that there won't be errors in calculating Z-scores and releasing district ranks of candidates.
Nodrog Monday, 03 September 2012 09:24 AM
Even if you are as sincere as you sound doubt you have the capacity to eradicate the mafia at the ministry.
SudhuPancha Monday, 03 September 2012 09:48 AM
the whole country needs to be revamped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Faazil Monday, 03 September 2012 10:05 AM
Education system must be totally revamped by Scholer not by politician.
Andrew Pitugala Monday, 03 September 2012 10:30 AM
Replace Ministers with GENUINE Educationists.
Citizen Monday, 03 September 2012 02:55 PM
Wonder of Asia can not even get this right! We can see what the future will be................SAD!
CHANDRAPALA Monday, 03 September 2012 04:17 PM
Very simple, de-politicization is the only solution.
Felix Amamarapala Tuesday, 04 September 2012 04:56 AM
Another of those. You need to have your head examined.
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