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Education Minister Unveils Comprehensive Educational Reforms

May 15, Colombo (LNW): Education Minister Dr. Susil Premajayantha has revealed ambitious plans to revolutionize the education system, including the establishment of 1,220 school clusters nationwide and the formation of 350 school boards to oversee their operations in the initial phase of educational administration reforms.

During a press briefing at the Presidential Media Centre, Dr. Premajayantha underscored the imminent presentation of a Cabinet memorandum detailing these reforms, with an accompanying circular slated for release soon.

Reflecting on challenges faced upon assuming office two years ago, Dr. Premajayantha highlighted fuel shortages hindering student attendance, disruptions caused by power cuts, and the upheaval wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite these obstacles, significant strides have been made. Textbooks and uniforms have been distributed, examinations are returning to their regular schedule, and discussions are underway to hold G.C.E. (O/L) and G.C.E. (A/L) Examinations in December and August respectively.

The ongoing G.C.E. (O/L) Examination is set to conclude, with paper marking commencing immediately and Advanced Level classes slated to begin for qualified students before exam results are released.

Under the educational administration reforms, school clusters and boards will be established, granting authorities the power to allocate students from year 01 to year 11 to leading schools within their clusters for Advanced Level education.

Efforts to address teacher shortages in key subjects are underway, with over 3,000 appointments made based on subject expertise, and plans to fill vacancies in science and technology subjects by June 1st.

Additionally, initiatives to resolve issues facing school principals, recruit personnel for Education Administration Service, and transition National Colleges of Education into universities are in progress.

Dr. Premajayantha’s comprehensive reforms signal a significant step forward in revitalizing Sri Lanka’s education sector, aiming to create a robust framework conducive to academic excellence and holistic development.

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