Posted on 05.25.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the government will establish a new public school system which is not based on language and religion within the next two years.
Speaking at the National Science Diploma certificate award ceremony held at Temple Trees yesterday, the Prime Minister said that all religious schools will be regulated under the purview of the Ministry of Education. It has been decided with the concurrence of the Muslim ministers and the MPs, that Muslim religious education institutes are to be monitored by the ‘Muslim Education Institute Regulation Board’ which is to be established under the purview of Ministry of Education, the premier added.
Ranil Wickremesinghe further explained, the Pirivenas were subjected to and regulated by the Ministry of Education. Similarly Madrasa schools will be brought under a board which will be appointed by the Ministry of education. For this, the government will initially introduce a Madrasa Schools Regulatory Bill. The Muslim ministers have agreed to take measures to create such a board for Madras schools, Prime Minister Says.
Similarly, Sri Lankan universities and private degree awarding institutions in Sri Lanka should also be implemented in a common system, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister further said that there should not be any issue in naming a school after a saint or a religious leader, but whether they should be named as Sinhala schools, Tamil schools, Muslim schools and Christian schools etc. As per this concept, we have decided to make religious and communal-based schools open to all students, he said.