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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

Mr. M. N. Ranasingha is an officer of the special grade of the Public Administrative Service who has held various posts in public administrative service for more than 27 years and has obtained a degree on project management from Sri Jayawardenapura University and Master’s degree on state management.   

His first appointment was in 1991 as the Assistant Divisional Secretary in Kurunegala and then he held various posts at district and provincial levels such as Assistant District Secretary, Provincial Assistant Secretary of North Western Province and Provincial Director of Industries.

He then joined the Department of Immigration and Emigration as the Assistant Controller of Immigration and Emigration. Before to be appointed as the Secretary of the Ministry of Education, he held the post of Controller General of the department of Immigration and Emigration.

He has participated in various workshops, seminars and immigration management system development programs during his long service period.

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 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

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 - 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)

R.B Gankewala

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

 

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.

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