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Local and international schools will come under the ministry: Minister

21 August 2019 01:14 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


According to the new Education Act, the power of regulating all schools including International schools would come under the Education Ministry, the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

He said the new Education Act had already been drafted. The International schools are operating as business ventures registered under the Company Act or the Business Registration Ordinance.

Therefore, the Ministry of Education does not have any relevant details pertinent to international schools.

"The Ministry had no authority to monitor the activities of recruitment of teachers, admission fees and school fees. Following the enactment of the new education act, the Ministry will be able to regulate all schools including international schools," the Minister said.

Discussions are underway with the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs to regulate and monitor the Madrasa schools and to bring them under the Education Ministry, the Minister further said.

"Most of the parents used to enrol their children to International schools not because of they are having the ability, but unable to find popular government schools closer to their residences and the difficulties to obtain admissions to government schools," the Minister added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 4

  • Bul Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:22 AM

    I visited yesterday a privately operating Campus in Bambalapitiya yesterday to get few details about practical training of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Diploma course conducted under UK University. They did not submit details and it looks to me that this place do not have any standard and neither education ministry know about them / under their supervision.

    Senanayake Thursday, 22 August 2019 08:29 AM

    Appreciate your courage to tell this,but it could have been better if you had mentioned the name also

    samanatha Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:24 AM

    nternational schools - International School are mushrooming over most urban areas (and they usually are focused on one ethnic / religious category – example Muslim International schools etc) leading to varying levels of subject area coverage as well as multiple issues due to minimum standards not being met, as well as lack of common curriculum. This can also lead to future ethnic tension as these students are brought up without the experience of an inclusive environment of other religious and ethnic children.

    Mr X Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:26 AM

    This is madness!

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