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Hon. Minister of Education

Hon. (Prof.) G. L. Peiris M.P.

Gamini Lakshman Peiris (born 13 August 1946) is a Sri Lankan politician and academic. He is a former Cabinet Minister of External Affairs and a former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He is the current Minister of Education and a national listed member of parliament from the SLPP party.

Early life and education

Peiris was born to Glanville Peiris, a diplomat who was the former Director-General of External Affairs and Ceylon's Ambassador to West Germany and Myanmar, and Lakshmi Chandrika Peiris.[1] His uncle was Bernard Peiris, the former Cabinet Secretary. Educated at Sri Sumangala College Panadura and S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia, he entered the law faculty of the University of Ceylon, Colombo and won the Mudliyar Edmond Peiris award. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to read for a PhD at New College, Oxford, and graduated in 1971. He also gained a second PhD from the University of Colombo in 1974.[2]

Academic career

Joining the academic staff of the University of Ceylon, he went on to become a Professor of Law and the Dean of the Faculty of Law before taking office as the second Vice-Chancellor of the University of Colombo following the assassination of Prof. Stanley Wijesundera during the height of the 1987–89 JVP Insurrection. He served as Vice-Chancellor from 1988 to 1994 until leaving to take up politics. He had Fellowships from Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London. He was a Rhodes Scholar of the University of Oxford (1968-1971) and All Souls College of the University of Oxford in 1980–1981. He was a visiting fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London in 1984, distinguished Visiting Fellow of Christ College, University of Cambridge and SMUTS Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the Cambridge University (1985-1986). He was also Associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in 1980 and Senior British Council Fellow in 1987.

Political career

People's Alliance Government (1994-2001)

Peiris was a close confidant of the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who appointed him as a national list member of the parliament following the 1994 election. Thereafter, Mrs Kumaratunga, then Prime Minister, appointed him as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Deputy Minister of Finance. He was also given the portfolio of External Trade at the start. In a subsequent Cabinet reshuffle, he was given two additional portfolios—Ethnic Affairs and National Integration—which were hitherto held by the President. During his tenure as Justice Minister, he brought in over 30 pieces of new legislation which were considered innovative and in accordance with the needs of modern times.

In 2001, Peiris fell out with President Kumaratunga and defected to the opposition, effectively bringing down the government.

United National Front Government (2001-2004)

After leaving the PA, Peiris joined the opposition United National Party led United National Front (UNF), which captured power in the subsequent general election.

When the UNF government headed by the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Peiris was appointed as the chief negotiator.

Defeated government (2004–2015)

He was then encouraged to shift to the UPFA in 2004 under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. On 9 January 2015, he shifted as opposition MP representing UPFA. In the 2015 election, he lost his seat in parliament as he was not selected from the UPFA national list.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary to the Ministry of Education

Prof. K. Kapila C.K. Perera

 

 

 

 

 

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

Dr. M. Upali Sedara

 

 

 

 

 

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. K. G. Wijesiri

Mr. K. G. Wijesiri has Served in Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) as an Assistant Director, an Assistant Divisional Secretary, an Assistant Secretary, a Deputy Director, an Assistant Controller, a Deputy Controller, a Controller an Senior Assistant Secretary to the President, an Additional Secretary (Actg) to the President, a Senior Assistant Secretary and an Additional Secretary since 1998 and is currently holding the position of Additional Secretary (Admin) of Ministry of Education.

He has 22 years of experience in the field of Administration and Management and has served  in Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Divisional Secretariat (Welipitiya/ Sooriyawewa/ Kaduwela) National Disaster Management Center, Ministry of Social Services  Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Internal Administration, Department of Immigration & Emigration, President Secretariat, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Vocational Training Labor Relations and Employment in different capacities.

Mr. K. G. Wijesiri is a Bachelor of Arts of University of Sri Jayawardenepura and holds a Master of Arts Degree of University of Kelaniya.

Additional Secretary - Procurement & Construction

Mrs. K. D. R. Nishanthi Jayasinghe

Mrs. K.  A.  D. R. Nishanthi has served in Sri Lanka Administrative Service as an Assistant Director an Assistant Divisional Secretory and a Divisional Secretory Senior Assistant Secretary since 1993 and is currently holding the position of Additional Secretary (Procurement and building) of Ministry of Education.

She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Management and Administration and has served in the department of pensions, Divisional Secretory office (Horana) the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services in different capacities.

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 Financial Officer (CFO) - Acting

Mr. Y. M. S. Gunasekara

Mr. Y. M. S. Gunasekara has served in Sri Lanka Accountants service as a Chief Accountant. Since 1991 and is currently holding the position of the Chief Financial Officer (Acting) of Ministry of Education.

He has 29 years of experience in the field of Management and accountancy and served in the Department Secretariat (Matale), Zonal Education Office (Nuwara Eliya) Municipal Council (Nuwara Eliya) Integrated Regional Financial Development Project Management (Nuwara Eliya), Ministry of Education and State Ministry of Education in different capacities.

Mr. Y. M. S. Gunasekara is a Bachelor of science (public Administration) of University of Jayawardanapura and holds a post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy and finance university of Peradeniya and a Msc Degree, university of Kelaniya.

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 is implementing 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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