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Zero tolerance for ragging: Minister

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Education Minister Professor G. L. Peiris, at a meeting held with University officials, stressed the importance of zero-tolerance policy for ragging, the ministry said.

The Minister stressed this at a discussion held with Vice-Chancellors where the critical issue of ragging, prominent in the minds of parents and the public, was discussed. The minister had separate discussions with the University Grants Commission (UGC), officials of the Ministry of Higher Education, Vice-Chancellors of Universities and Presidents of the National Colleges of Education.

With the UGC, the Minster discussed matters connected with the reopening of Universities and their smooth functioning after the closure owing to COVID-19.

Other matters discussed were modernization of courses of study, language training to enhance employment prospects, more systemic provision for career counselling, and criteria for appointment of persons outside the University system to the governing bodies and the Councils of Universities.

With the Presidents of the National Colleges of Education, the Minister took up the matter of organisation of a series of interactive sessions islandwide with parents, teachers, students, alumni organisations and other stakeholders about the changes in curricula and teaching methods considered essential at this time.

State Minister of Dhamma Schools, Bhikku Education, Pirivenas and Buddhist Universities Vijitha Berugoda, UGC Chairman Senior Prof. Sampath Amaratunge and other members were at the meeting.

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  • Lal Wednesday, 19 August 2020 06:04 PM

    WILL WAIT AND SEE.

    Jinna Wednesday, 19 August 2020 06:16 PM

    So we can assume there won't be any ragging. If happened what are you going to do for yourself !

    Samson Wednesday, 19 August 2020 06:17 PM

    Looks as if the minister is on the correct path.

    DDx Wednesday, 19 August 2020 06:21 PM

    First Set out the rules and explain to the students what they can’t do And what the repercussions would be. Have a system to track incidents, hot line to complain. But best would be to have new culture of welcoming new / fresh students and Having older batches supporting the new and getting introduced to each other.

    Jeeves Wednesday, 19 August 2020 06:24 PM

    Finally! About time this outdated brutal practice was abolished!

    Kanishka Wednesday, 19 August 2020 06:28 PM

    Free education is a privilege, which should be cherished and respected, without disruption! Ragging-RIP


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