The Minister of Education Dr. Susil Premajayantha says that he is always against
principly to the concept of national schools which divides the society into segments and
instead of it the cluster schools will be created in the future connecting the nearby
schools together based on the geographical settings and the requirements of the
students. This cluster will function with one or more Lead Schools.
The minister mentioned this while addressing a meeting held at Colombo Zonal
Education Office. Further expressing his ideas at this moment, the minister said that it
could be possible to identify such 1200 cluster schools island wide by about next
January. Within this cluster an economical inter-connected management process will be
activated and the requirements of the students are fulfilled through the exchange of
human and physical resources within it. In this effort there will not be a division or
transfer of schools or resources and only an exchange of resources will happen through
a physical and technical methodology, the minister emphasized. This Lead School
concept will be implemented under the process of educational administrative reforms
through the National Educational Reforms Center (NERC) and the Provincial
Educational Reform Centers (PERC), and through this program there will not be
isolated schools in the country in the future and any single student will not be neglected,
the minister further stated.
There is the possibility for national schools and other schools to become a lead school in these
school clusters and we will be able to see a formal common classification of schools like primary
schools, junior secondary schools and senior secondary schools and through this the concept of
school profile including the standard and the criteria of the school system will be developed
properly, the minister mentioned.