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Excess money collected for sports trips back to the parents – a red light from the minister of education to the sports clubs

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam while participating recently (09) in the inaugural function of modernization of the playground of Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya revealed that the excess money collected from the parents for a foreign Karate tournament by the School Karate Association was returned to the parents through the intervention of the ministry of education.

It has been revealed that the school Karate association had collected Rs. 115,000.00 from each competitor of a group of 30 competitors for the participation in a two day Karate tournament that was held in Malaysia last month.

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Teacher training in Sri Lanka for Maldivian teachers – The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

The minister of education says that he is scheduled to leave for Maldives today (09) with the education officers to sign the MOU for providing teacher training in Sri Lanka for Maldivian teachers.

This project is implemented through the National Institute of Education according to a request made to the ministry of education by the government of Maldives.

The minister further stated that an exchange of new knowledge between the two countries and also a flow of foreign exchange into this country will happen through this program.

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A donation of digitl classrooms for two schools from MBD Group in India

MBD Group in India has expressed their willingness to donate two classrooms facilitated with digital technical equipments in two schools in Sri Lanka. The official program related to establishing of these classrooms was held recently (06) at the Ministry of Education. This was held under the headship of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and with the participation of the Indian delegation including the Chief Executive Officer of the MBD Group Ms. Monika Malhothra.

Nakkawatta National School, Kurunegala and Ganetenna Maha Vidyalaya, Kegalle have been selected to establish these digital classrooms. A normal classroom available in these schools will be converted into a modern classroom with digital facilities. Accordingly, a digital board, a computer and other equipment are scheduled to be provided to these schools.

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“I am pappy about being able to promote the ministry of education to a prestigious level which had been under continuous criticism in the past” - The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that a revolutionary change in education must be done, if a social and economic development should be brought about in a country and the foundation required for this purpose has already been formulated. Everybody must work together for the future betterment of the children and he is ready to accept humbly all such proposals from intellectuals submitted through any media like letters and Face book messages, the minister says.

The minister expressed these ideas while participating in the concluding function of the annual program held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of St. Mary’s College, Kegalle recently (05). This function was held under the patronage of The Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and at this occasion the minister of education also mentioned a fact that was expressed by the Prime Minister when the portfolio of the minister of education was handed over to him.

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Let’s get ready for an independent future strengthened through conciliation

We are celebrating the 69th national independent day this time. We must remember respectfully the service rendered by all communities including Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burger and others for achieving the independence liberating Sri Lanka that had been a colony of imperialists.

The independence will be a practical reality when a society is created where the responsibilities are recognized and fulfilled, the rights are protected and the responsibility and the accountability are properly understood. In the process of creating such a society, a great responsibility lies with the system of education. As the citizens of a country where the right to free education has been ensured we must remember respectfully Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara who devoured for that purpose. As a result of his utmost dedication all the children in Sri Lanka today have the right to pursue with their education from primary to higher education free of charge.

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Construction of a new multi-ethnic national school in Polonnaruwa district with tri-lingual education that ensure the national consensus – The signing of MoU between the Republic of India and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

The memorandum of understanding for the provision of LKR 300 million by the Republic of India under the small development projects in Sri Lanka, for the construction of a new multi-ethnic national school in Polonnaruwa district with tri-lingual education that ensure the national consensus in Kaduruwela area in Polonnaruwa district under the district development project “Awaken Polonnaruwa (2016 – 2020) was signed on 2nd February, 2017. This memorandum of understanding was signed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Education Mr. Sunil Hettiarachchi on behalf of the Republic of Sri Lanka and the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka HE Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu on behalf of the Republic of India.

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The interviews from the second week of February for enrolling new students to the National Colleges of Education

The teaching and learning process in the system of education is strengthened by the class of teachers in the country. At present there are two hundred and thirty two thousand five hundred and fifty five teachers serving in 10,162 government schools in Sri Lanka. But still there is a teacher shortage in some schools and specially a teacher excess in urban schools in our country. The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has drawn his attention to this unhealthy situation that has arisen due to the irregular releases and recruitments happened during the previous regime. 

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Steps for updating and publishing the elementary Pirivena textbooks

The textbooks used presently in the elementary Pirivenas have been prepared in 1994 and they have not been updated so far. Drawing attention to this matter, the steps have been taken to update elementary Pirivena textbooks shortly and distribute among the students under the instructions of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

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The minutes of the Sri Lanka Principals Service is amended – The officers in the Grade 1 of the Class 2 of Principals Service are absorbed to Grade 1 of Sri Lanka Principals Service

The minutes of the Sri Lanka Principals Service number 1185/31 dated 22.10.2014 has been amended for the first time following the directions of the Public Service Commission. According to this amendment, from the activating date of new minutes the officers who are in Grade 1 of the Class 2 of Sri Lanka Principals Service and fulfilled the qualifications to be promoted to the Class 1 of Sri Lanka Principals Service at the date of 01.07.2008 according to the previous minutes, will be absorbed to the Class 1 of the Sri Lanka Principals Service.

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The largest collection of primitive cave drawings of the island was found in Siyambalanduwa, Monaragala

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has given instructions and necessary guidance to the officers to do the Archeological excavations and conservations on a scientific basis obtaining the assistance of modern expertise and technical instruments. Accordingly the Department of Archeology is taking steps to do archeological excavations and to expedite the explorations in the areas where the archeological explorations have not been done yet.

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