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Hon. Minister of Education

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena M.P.

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, assumed duties as Minister of Education on 19 August 2021. As a veteran politician, Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena has engaged at all levels of politics and governance since he started his political career as Youth Leader in 1968 and later in 1973 as the Leader of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (People’s United Front).

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena was first elected to Parliament in 1983 and 1989 as an Opposition M.P. and has held multiple Ministerial portfolios, serving previously as Minister of Transport (2000), Minister of Transport and Environment (2001), Minister of Urban Development (2004 – 2010), Deputy Minister of Higher Education (deputized under the President, 2004 – 2007), Minister of Sacred Area Development (2007 – 2010), Minister of Water Supply and Drainage (2010 – 2015), Minister of Megapolis and Western Development (2018), Minister of Employment Skills Development and Labour Relations (2019 – 2020) and Foreign Minister (2019 – 2021).

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena has also served as Chief Government Whip (2008 – 2015), Leader of the Joint Opposition (2015 – 2018), and Leader of the House since November 2019.

He was born on 2 March 1949 in Sri Lanka and his father, Late Hon. Philip Gunawardena is a National Hero of Sri Lanka and also acted as a Trade Union Leader, a Member of Parliament, a Minister, the Founder of a political party and an author during his career. Mother of Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Late Kusuma Gunawardena is also a veteran Parliamentarian in Sri Lanka.

He is an past pupil of Royal College Colombo and   graduated from Nyenrode Business University (the Netherlands’ School of Business) and the University of Oregon with an Associate Degree in Business Administration, Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Management and International Transport respectively.

The Hon. Minister is also the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his enduring contribution to Sri Lanka and the Global Community including The Orden de Isabel la Catolica awarded by the King of Spain, the International Pro-Poor Leader awarded by the Slum Dwellers International and Cuba’s Solidarity Order awarded by the Government of Cuba.

 

Hon. State Minister of Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Learning Promotion

Hon. Susil Premajayantha, M.P.

Achchige Don Susil Premajayantha (born 10 January 1955) is a Sri Lankan politician and a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Education

Premajayantha received his primary and secondary education at St. John's College, Nugegoda. After that he attended the University of Colombo and received a Bachelor of Laws in 1982 and became an Attorney at Law in 1984. Later on in 2004 he also gained a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Political Career

Premajayantha began his political career in 1991 being elected as the Deputy Chairman of Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Urban Council. In 1993 he was elected to the Western Provincial Council and was elected Chief Minister in 1995.

Hon. State Minister of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovations

Hon. Dr. (Mrs.) Seetha Arambepola M.P.

 

 

 

 

 

Hon. State Minister of Dhamma Schools, Bhikku Education, Piriven and Buddhist Universities

Hon. Vijitha Berugoda M.P.

 

 

 

 

 

State Minister of Women and Child Development, Pre-School and Primary Education, School Infrastructure and Education Services

Hon. Piyal Nishantha De Silva M.P.

H. M. Piyal Nishantha De Silva (born 30th June 1970) is a Sri Lankan politician and a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Education
Piyal Nishantha received his primary and secondary education at Aluthgama National School, Aluthgama. After that, he followed a diploma course at the Distance Learning Centre and became a teacher in Visual and Performing Arts in 1993.

Political Career
Piyal Nishantha began his political career in 1996 being elected as the Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party in Kaluwamodara grama niladari division. In 1997 he was elected to the Beruwala Pradeesheeya Sabha and became the Chairman of the Beruwala Pradeesheeya Sabha in 2006.
In 2009 he was elected to the Western Province Provincial Council. In 2015 he entered parliament for the first time representing the United People's Freedom Alliance from Kalutara District.
He also contested at the 2020 parliamentary election representing the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and was elected to the 16th Parliament of Sri Lanka. On 12th August 2020, he was appointed as the State Minister of Women and Child Development, Pre-School & Primary Education, School Infrastructure & Education Services as a part of the second cabinet of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
• 2020 Member of the 16th Parliament of Sri Lanka
• 2015 Member of the 15th Parliament of Sri Lanka
• 2014 Member of Western Province Provincial Council
• 2009 Member of Western Province Provincial Council
• 1996 Chairman, Beruwala Pradeesheeya Sabha
• 2001 Leader of the Opposition, Beruwala Pradeesheeya Sabha
• 1997 Member of Beruwala Pradeesheeya Sabha
• 1996 Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Kaluwamodara GN Division

Secretary to the Ministry of Education

Prof. K. Kapila C.K. Perera

Prof. was a Senior Lecturer, Grade II, Department of Mechanical Engineering. University of Moratuwa since 1995 and became a professor of Mechanical Engineering (Merit Promotion) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Moratuwa in 2008. He has experience as a Director – Staff Development Center, University of Moratuwa, a  Co – Lead – Consultant, Faculty of Technology, Sri Jayawardenapura University ,a Co – Lead consultant, Faculty of Technology Kelaniya University UGC Appointed coordinator, Faculty   of Engineering, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, a Dean Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa a Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa and currently holds the position of the Secretary to the Ministry of Education.

He has 10 year of experience in the field of Military and has served as a service cadet, a sub Lieutenant, Lieutenant and a Lieutenant,   commander in Sri Lanka Navy.

He is a Bachelor of Science Engineering of University of Moratuwa While being an officer cadet the General Sri John Kotelawala Dfence Academy and holds a Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) Degree, University of California, USA.

Secretary to the State Ministry of Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Learning Promotion

Dr. M. Upali Sedere

Dr. Mohottige Upali Sedere (B.Ed. Hons. (Ceylon); M.A., PhD (Iowa), PhD (MCU) is Fulbright Scholar.  He is an eminent Education Sector Specialist and specialized in Psychometrics.  He is the Author of widely accepted two books. The first is ‘Globalization and Educational Reforms” 400pages, published in USA in Year 2000 and was an enlisted reader in 18 leading US Universities and many universities world-wide. His recent book “Education Meeting Knowledge Economy”, Year 2019, 350pages, published with Falcon India is a popular book in the education circles.

His PhD research was well received and often quoted in reliability theory where he estimated the Standard Error of Measurement of four reliability coefficients.  At the completion of 30 years after PhD University of Iowa, one of the best 50 Universities in the world published a two page write up of Sedere’s contribution to education worldwide.

Dr. Sedere served well over 30 countries as a UN International Civil Servant and World Bank Project Monitor and USAID Chief of Party and Policy Adviser. He has served 20 years in the Sri Lankan universities before joining the United Nations.  He serve as the Rector and CEO of the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy at Pallekele.  He also served as a Consultant to develop the Education Sector Development Plan for Sri Lanka in year 2004.  He served as the Adviser to the Minister of Education in year 2009 and then took over the Director General Position of the National Institute of Education at Maharagama.

Dr. Sedere led the ‘Viyathmaga Education Sector discussions’ supporting the Honorable President Gotabhaya  Rajapakshe’s  journey from year 2016 to formulate a formidable and affirmative policy to up-lift Sri Lanka.  He is the author of many education books in Sinhala and also he has over 100 publications to his credit.

Secretary to the State Ministry of Dhamma Schools, Bhikku Education, Piriven and Buddhist Universities

Mr. S. H. Harischandra

Mr. S. H. Harischandra has served in Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) as an Assistant Government Agent, Divisional Secretary, Reginal Director, Director,  Senior Assistant Secretary, Additional Secretary, Commissioner, Director General, State Secretary since 1990 and is currently holding the position of State Secretary to the Ministry of Dhamma Schools, Bhikku Education, Piriven and Buddhist Universities.

He has 30 years of experience in the field of management and administration and has served in Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Industrial Development, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Sports, Department of Motor Traffic, Ministry of Higher Education & Research, Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), Department of Information Technology Management, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Water Supply Facility in different capacities.

Mr. S. H. Harischandra a BA sp (Agricultural Economics) graduate of University of Kelaniya and hold a Diploma Project Management – MSM Netharlands, Diploma in General Management SLIDA, Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management, India and a Master Degree of Public Management (Project Management) – SLIDA.

Secretary to the State Ministry of Women and Child Development, Pre-School and Primary Education, School Infrastructure and Education Services

Mrs. K. M. S. D. Jayasekara

Mrs. K. M. S. D. Kumari Jayasekara is the state secretary to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Pre-School and Primary Education, School Infrastructure and Education Services, and is a special grade SLAS officer having 29 years of experience in the field Management and Administration. She has started her service in the public administration n 1991 as an Assitant Government Agent at Devundara. From there onwards, she has contributed her service in the Divisional, District, and provisional levels in different capacities. She continued her service in the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration as a Senior Consultant, Additional Director General, and a Director-General over a cause of 8 years. In her professional career, she has led those organizations to achieve the National Productivity, ISO, and Presidential Awards.

Mrs. K. M. S. D. Kumari Jayasekara is a Bachelor of Science Graduate of University of Sri Jayawardenapura and holds Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Master of Public Administration, University of Sri Jayawardenapura and a Master of Business in Management Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia)

Additional Secretary - Planing & Performance Review

Dr. Mrs. M. M. Wehella

Dr. Mrs. M. M. Wehella has served in the Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service as a Deputy Principal, an Assistant Director of Education, Secretary to the National Education Commission, a Director of Education since 1988 and is currently holding the position of Additional Secretary (Policy Planning and Performance Review) in the Ministry of Education.

She has more than 32 year experience in the field of Management & Administration and has served in Provincial Department of Education (Western Province & Sabaragamuwa Province), the Government Schools and the Ministry of Education in different capacities.

Additional Secretary - Educational Quality Development

Mr. H. U. Premathilake

Mr. H. U. Premathilaka has served in Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service (SLEAS) as a Deputy Principal and a Principal since 1988 and is currently holding the position of Additional Secretory (Education Quality Development) of Ministry of Education.

He has more than 32 years experience in the field of Management and Administration and has served in the Vijaya college, Mathale the A. Rathnayake College, Walala, Menikhinna the Nalanda College, Colombo and the Ministry of Education in different capacities.

Additional Secretary - School Affairs

Mr. L. M. D. Dharmasena

Mr. L. M. D. Dharmasena has served in the Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service as a Deputy Principal, an Assistant Director of Education (Policy Planning), a Deputy Commissioner of Examination, a Principal, a Director of Education, a Chief Commissioner since 1988 and is currently holding the position of the Additional Secretary (School Affairs) of Ministry of Education.

He has more than 32 year experience in the field of management & administration and has served in Rajasinghe M.M.V., Hanwella, Siri Piyarathana M.M.V., Padukka, Ministry of Education, Department of Examinations, Ananda College and Mahanama College in different capacities.

Additional Secretary - Educational Services Establishment

Mr. W. M. N. J. Pushpakumara

Mr. W. M. N. J. Pushpakumara has served in Sri Lanka Education Administration Service (SLEAS) as an Assistant Commissioner a Deputy Commissioner a Commissioner and a Commissioner General (Exam) since 1988 and is currently holding the position of Additional Secretary (Education Services Establishment) of Ministry of Education

He has more than 32 years experience in the field of Management and Administration and has served in the Ministry of Education the Department of Examinations the Department of Educational Publication in different capacities.

Additional Secretary - Administration

Mr. P. L. Pathmakumara

Mr. P. L. Pathmakumara is the Additional Secretary (administration) of the Ministry of Education. He is a special grade officer of Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) having twenty years (20) experience in the administration and development field. He has started his service in the public administration in 2000, as an Assistant Divisional Secretary at the Divisional Secretariat of Ambalangoda. From there onwards, he has served divisional level, departments, and ministries too in various capacities as Assistant Divisional Secretary, Assistant Director, Assistant Controller, Deputy Controller, Senior Assistant Secretary and director too.

Mr. P. L. Pathmakumara is a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) graduate in the University of Colombo, and holds, Master of Arts (Sociology) in the University of Kelaniya. And Diploma in Public Administration in Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA).

Additional Secretary - Establishment

Ms. P. K. S. Subhodini

P. K. S. Subhodini Additional Secretary (Establishment)and is a special grade SLAS officer having 20 years of experience in the field of Management and Administration. She has started the service in the provincial Education Ministry, Western Province, as an assistant secretary. From there onward she contributed her service post and Telecommunication, Irrigation, Mahaweli Authority, Social Services, Office of the Cabinet of Ministers, Mega police and western Development, and Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural development in different capacities. Before she joins the SLAS she worked for the NIE for three years
P. K. S. Subhodini bears a B.Sc (Agriculture) of Ruhuna University and holds an M.Sc (Agriculture) from Peradeniya University, MA(Financial Economics) of Colombo University, and PG Dip in Management
Additional Secretary (Non Academic & Combined Services)

Ms. G.C.S. Thilakarathna

Additional Secretary - Procurement & Construction

Mrs. Devika Liyanage

2000 Passed SLAS
Prior to passing the administration, she worked as a maths teacher for 5 years after leaving “Siyane” college of education
After passing the SLAS, she has worked in the following institutions
Assistant Controller (Supply) – Department of Food
Assistant Secretary (Disciplinary) - Public Service Commission
Deputy Controller – Department of immigration and Emigration
Director (Admin) –Merchant Shipping Secretary
Senior Assistant Secretary (Defence) – Ministry of Defence
Director (Establishment & Disciplinary) – National Police Commission
Additional Secretary – State Ministry of Land Management
Additional secretary ( project) – Ministry of Lands
Director General - Accounts & Finance (Acting)

Mr. D. L. A. Wijenayake

MPA (e-Government) PIM-University of Sri Jayewardenepura, PGD (Accounts & Finance) University of Peradeniya, HNDA, DPFM, Diploma in IT, CompTia A+, CA (Final), MAAT. Interest in Public Financial Management, Procurement Management, Project Finance, e-Government Services. Exposure in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Thailand and India.

Director General - Planing

Mr. A. M. P. M. B. Atapattu

Mr. A. M. P. M. B. Atapattu has served in the Sri Lanka Planning Service as an Assistant Director a Deputy Director, a Director, an Additional Director General, a Director General, a Deputy Secretary to the Treasury since 1994 and is currently holding the position of Director General - Planning of Ministry of Education.

He has twenty five years of experience in the field of planning and management and served in the Department of National Planning the Department of Development Finance the Department of External Resources and the Ministry of Finance in different capacities.

Mr. A. M. P. M. B. Atapattu is a Bachelor of Science Management & Public Administration of University of Sri Jayawardenapura and holds a Post Graduates Diploma in Economic Development, University of Colombo, a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Economy, Institute of Development Economics, Japan and a Master Degree in International Development, Flinders University, Australia.

Additional Secretary - State Ministry of Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Learning Promotion

Mr. G. M. Niel Gunadasa

Mr. G. M. Niel Gunadasa joined Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service (SLEAS) in 1988. His spectrum of service reflected in many areas, such as a Deputy Principal, Assistant Director of Education in Uva, Sabaragamuwa Provincial Education Departments and a Deputy Director of Education at the Ministry of Education.

Since 2006 till present designation, he performed in the field of ICT as the Director of Education (ICT) and the Director of Education (Data Management) in the Ministry of Education where many milestones were reached in his career. Nationally and internationally awarded e-thaksalawa; the national learning content management system is one of his brainchildren.

One of his key responsibilities was to implement the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS), which addresses the preparation of data and information on the education system. Under this system he established the Teacher Human Resource Management Information System and drives the National Students’ Information System that leads to the establishment of a database of the entire student population which is to be completed by the end of 2020.

Mr. Gunadasa has been awarded a B.Sc. degree from the University of Kelaniya, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Management from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Colombo, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Management from the National Institute of Education (NIE), Maharagama and a M.Sc. on Information Management from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Secretary General to the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO

Dr. P. N. Meegaswatte

Dr. P. N. Meegaswatte has served as a science teacher, a producer a Head of Educational Television Unit, a Director Research and Training a Deputy Director of General Commercial a Director of a programmes, a Consultant (National English Programme) a programme Manager, a Consultant Project Planning in various fields since 1982 and is currently holding the position of the Director General – UNESCO of the Ministry of Education.

He has thirty years of experience in the field of management and has served in Independent Television Network, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, MTV/MBC, Mahapola Board and Information and Communication Technology Agency, Sri Lanka in different capacities.

Dr. P. N. Meegaswatte a Bachelor of Science of the Open University of Sri Lanka and a holds a Diploma in Management, NIBM, Sri Lanka, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Affairs, BCIS a Master in Business Studies, University of Colombo, a MSc Examination in Mass Communication, University of Kelaniye and a Doctor of Philosophy (Mass Communication)

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