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Hon. Minister of Education

Hon. Dr. 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.

Secretary to the Ministry of Education

Mr. M. N. Ranasinghe

Graduated in Bsc.(Business Administration) Special from the University  of Sri Jayawardenapura and obtained a Master Degree in Public Administration with a Merit pass (MPA) from the Post Graduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura. Mr.Ranasinghe is a Special Grade officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service who counts 32 years of experience in various capacities and positions.

First he was appointed as a Sri Lanka Administration Service Officer in 1991 and posted to Kurunegala District as an Assistant Divisional Secretary in Kurunegala Division. Thereafter, served in District level & provincial level in various positions such as Assistant District Secretary, Assistant Secretary to the Chief Ministry of North western Province, Provincial

Director of Industries during the First ten years of his career from 1991 to 2001.

Then moved to Colombo and joined the Department of Immigration and Emigration. He started his work there as the Assistant Controller and served different positions. He assumed his duties as the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration in 2014.

During his tenure in the Public service he has participated in several international workshops, seminars, symposia in the fields of Immigration Management and related Systems Development Programmes.

He Joined the Ministry of Education as the Secretary Education after he Served director General of SLIDA from 2019 November to 2020 August.

Then He Joined the State Ministry of Fertilizer as the Secretary 2020 August and Served until 2022 May.

At Present serves as the Secretary of the Ministry of Education.

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 - 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 - Information Technology & Digital Education

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.

Additional Secretary - School Affairs

E.W.L.K Egodawela

Educational & Professional Qualifications
BSc -2nd Class (Upper Division) University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Post Graduate Diploma in Education – Open University of Sri Lanka
Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management (National Institute of Education)
Masters in Arts (Education) University of Peradeniya

Service Details

Deputy Principal – K/St Anthony’s Girls’ College,Kandy

Principal-

Mt/Sri Sangamitta Girls’ School

  • K/Pushpadana Girls’ School
  • K/Mahamaya Girls’ School

Principals of Trainer – WB Project

Training Coordinator –GTZ Project

lalithaegodawela@gmail.com

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 - Procurement & Construction

Mrs. Devika Liyanage

She had been working as a Mathematics teacher for  5 years after passing out from the “Siyane College of  Education.” She joined SLAS in 2000 and had been working at 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 Secretariat

·         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 

Additional Secretary (Non Academic & Combined Services)

R.B Gankewala

Mrs. R.B.Gankewala is the Additional Secretary ( Non Academic and Combined Services)of the Ministry of Education. She is a Special Grade officer of Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) having 20 years of service in the fields of administration and development. She has started the service as a Director of the Ministry of Health and later performed as an Assistant Secretary, Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education. As a Class -1 officer she served in the Ministry of Finance and  Sri Lanka Customs and as a Special Grade officer she served in the State Ministry of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals and the State Ministry of Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development. 

 

Mrs. Gankewala is a Bachelor of Science graduate specialized in the field in Chemistry from University of Peradeniya and she completed her Master of Arts Degree from the University of Kelaniya and Diploma in Public Administration from Sri Lanka Institute of Development and Administration.

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.

Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

Mr. D. S. Pathmasiri

Mr .D.S Pathmasiri has been served in the Sri Lanka Account’s Service since 1992 as an Account
Divisional Secretariat Thanamalvilla and Department of Police, as Deputy Director (Fiancé) Regional
Director of Health Nuwaraeliya, as Chief Accountant District Secretariat Rathnapura and Department of
Pension, as Director (Finance) SLIDA and recently he working as Chief Finance Officer of Ministry of
Education.

He has 34 years ‘service in Government service including 4 years as an Audit Examiner in Auditor
General’s Department and 30 Years’ service in Sri Lanka Government Accountant’s service.
Mr D.S Pathmasiri is a Bachelor of Science Public Administration of University of Sri Jayawardhanapura
and holds Diploma in Business Studies, Charted Licentate and a Master Degree in Public Management,
Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA)

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