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The Education Ministry is planning to reduce Grade 1 enrolment in schools from the present capacity of 45 students to 35 per classroom by 2016, a Minister said yesterday.

Education Minister Bandula Gunawardane told the Daily Mirror that there were instances when as many as 50 students had been admitted to Grade 1 classrooms at some leading schools. However, the Minister said the Supreme Court had ruled earlier that the number should be gradually brought down to 35 by 2016.

“We have taken a policy decision to abide by this court ruling. Accordingly, we will bring down the number to 35 by 2016. Next year, we will admit only 40 students for a classroom,” he said.

According to international standards, he said there should be only 30 students in a classroom for better supervision and attention by teachers. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • ayyo salary Tuesday, 28 May 2013 03:42 AM

    and the solutions for the kids who dont make it to the 35 is????????........oh i forgot that bridge is to be crossed when they come to it!!!!!!

    Chewing Gum Tuesday, 28 May 2013 04:11 AM

    Bring the same rule to the parliament !

    Upali Tuesday, 28 May 2013 04:13 AM

    There is a lot of very valid reasons for bringing down the number to 35. They say 20 is the ideal but we cant afford it. Now comes the problem, how to accommodate all of those grade one kids. Expansion of existing building facilities? More cow-sheds with school name boards? More bribes for school heads? More interference from politicos? Private nurseries? International schools? We are waiting to see the solutions.

    Abr Tuesday, 28 May 2013 04:14 AM

    Good if you have sufficient teachers and spare class rooms in each of the schools. This once again is a silly statement of this govt-with no proper planning.

    Serendipity Tuesday, 28 May 2013 08:37 AM

    If all court decisions were upheld, what a country ours will be to live in.

    Green Tuesday, 28 May 2013 09:29 AM

    what about the rest of the kids? will only a hand full be educated? what marvelous ideas pop up from the top? Or is this another money making Ploy? Why oh why cant you think straight?

    mmmm Tuesday, 28 May 2013 06:12 PM

    my daughter goes to bishop,she in grade 1 only 25 students with 2 teachers and well look after thank God having me privet christian school...

    WAC Wednesday, 29 May 2013 07:48 AM

    Leaves more spaces for politicians to fill through backdoor.


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