Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
26 Jan, 2015 | 5:56 pm
Addressing a media briefing on Monday Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam announced that a committee will be set up to monitor and regulate international schools. The minister notes that according to the current legislation international schools are being set up under the companies act and as a result of this they need to ensure the quality of education provided by them.
The minister notes that in-order to ensure this, the ministry has taken a decision to issue an annual license to international schools after inspecting whether their facilities are up to standard, he also noted that the committee would provide an appropriate amount of time for schools that have already been set up to meet these standard .
Min. Akila Viraj commenting on the military positions that were given to principals stated that since a proper administrative system is in place to uplift the schools system, it is unnecessary to provide such titles to principals. Remarking that this government is not a militarized one the minister revealed to the media that necessary steps have already been taken to remove these titles.
Tackling the issue of grade one admissions the minister stated that everyone should be entitled to a fair chance and promised to minimize exemptions. He notes that exemptions will only be given on very rare instances such as a case where a student has been unfairly treated or in a case where the child of a minister is involved.
Akila Viraj added that the director of national schools has been instructed to provide solutions who were treated unfairly with regard to grade one admissions in the recent past.
The minister also announced to the media that a policy decision has been taken to reinstate the policy which makes passing the Maths subject at the GCE Ordinary Level examination mandatory for all GCE Advanced Level students.
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