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Steps will be taken to provide international training for Archeological officers to improve the field of Archeology – The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that it is a contemporary requirement to provide training opportunities for the Archeological officers in our country for acquiring the international level expertise and for Archeological research studies. If the allocations in the Department of Archeology is not sufficient for this purpose he is ready to take action to provide necessary funds even through a cabinet paper, the minister says.

The minister expressed these ideas while participating in the Archeological conference held recently (07) at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in line with the National Archeological Day. The minister further stated that modern international conservation methods and knowledge is essential for improving our Archeological field.

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“Actions will be taken for the advancement of Archeological field without giving in to any political influence” – The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

More than two hundred and fifty thousand valuable Archeological sites in the country have been identified so far and it is his expectation to act responsibly using the powers vested on him through the Antiquities Ordinance for the conservation of valuable Archeological sites and monuments without yielding to any political influence, says The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

The minister expressed these ideas while participating in the Archeological conference held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute to mark the Archeological Day which falls on today (07).

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A media briefing to sensitize the current situation of Dambulla cave temple

A media briefing was held at the Department of Government Information yesterday (04) with the headship of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to sensitize the current situation of the Dambulla cave temple.

At this occasion the minister explained several matters including the illegal constructions made in the premises of the historical Dambulla cave temple and the previous management done causing harm to the frescoes of the temple, the warning of removing the Dambulla cave temple from the list of world heritage,

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Allocation of 8 billion rupees for the promotion of hygienic facilities in the schools

- Steps for making the subject Computer Information and Communication Technology compulsory
- Attention is drawn to allow school children to wear garments covering the body for the protection from Dengue mosquitoes

The Minister of Education expressed that during the two years period since the good governance government came into power, 8 billion rupees allocations have been provided to the schools in order to promote the hygienic facilities in the schools and the construction work of 26,000 toilets is scheduled to be finished at the end of this year.

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A media briefing to sensitize the current situation of Dambulla cave temple

A media briefing was held at the Department of Government Information yesterday (04) with the headship of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to sensitize the current situation of the Dambulla cave temple.

At this occasion the minister explained several matters including the illegal constructions made in the premises of the historical Dambulla cave temple and the previous management done causing harm to the frescoes of the temple, the warning of removing the Dambulla cave temple from the list of world heritage, starting the conservation work according to the recommendations submitted by the Professor Varner Smith of  International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Italy which is an internationally accepted institute for frescoes preservation,

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The Minister of Education says he is ready to do everything necessary for the protection of heritage of the country

The necessary instructions for implementing the conservation activities of the frescoes in Dambulla cave temple were given after receiving the information from the incumbent priests of that temple regarding those frescoes in the verge of decaying. Since the UNESCO has warned this temple is in the disadvantaged position of removing from the world heritage list because of the present condition of the temple, he interfered with this matter the minister said. The minister of education further says that some people accuse him as “Bahirawaya” when he interferes in this matter.  

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Special discussion on the service issues of the principals

A special discussion headed by the Secretary of Education was held yesterday (28) at the ministry of education with the representatives of trade unions of principals about the issues emerged in the principals’ service.

At this occasion they submitted several demands including the backdating and offering one and same date for all the appointments given in different instances in the years 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014 on the results of principals’ service examination held in 2006 according to the previous service minute, Releasing from the necessity of qualifying language proficiency in English the link language within 3 years from the date of appointment to the principal service mentioned under the clause 9 of Sri Lanka Principals’ Service Minute and releasing from the language requirements that should be fulfilled according to the public administration circular number 1/2014.

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New memorandum of understanding for Nenasa television channel introducing several new education programs

The Nenasa educational TV channel which was started as a pilot project in 2005 using only 5 schools now has become an official educational TV channel with the official connections with 2250 schools. Nenasa educational TV channel is implemented jointly by the ministry of education and Dialog Asiata Company and telecast 30 minutes lessons covering the syllabuses of Science, Mathematics, Sinhala Language and Literature, English, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology, Entrepreneurship Studies and Business and Accountancy for G.C.E. (O/L) grades 10 and 11. The video programs providing co-curricular additional knowledge and current affairs educational programs are telecast through Dialog channel number 25 and 26 targeting the school community.

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The date of receiving applications for the admissions to the grade one of the government schools in 2018 has been extended till 10.07.2017.

It was scheduled to end the receiving of applications for the admissions to the grade one of the government schools for 2018 on 30th June 2017. But the ministry of education has decided to extend the date for receiving those applications till 10th July 2017 considering the demands asking for the extension of the closing date.

However, it is further instructed for the parents who have not posted their applications so far, to hand over a copy of the application signed by them to the principal of the school and obtain a letter from the principal.

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The distribution of the relief package consisted of uniforms and textbooks by the ministry of education to the school children affected by the disaster situation are started. Immediate measures to rebuild all damaged school buildings

The distribution of special relief package provided by the ministry of education for restarting the educational activities of the school children who were drastically affected by the recent disaster situation was started today (23) with the patronage of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

At this occasion The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam stated that an estimate report has already prepared about all damaged school buildings and equipment due to the disaster and it has been planned to rebuild all those buildings in a high standard and to provide necessary equipment under the “nearest school is the best school program”. These plans have submitted to the cabinet for necessary approval.

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