ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is planning to open a new university to train fresh teachers and educators after an outflow of teachers following the retirement age is reduced to 60-years and many teaching youth leaving the country, an Education Ministry official said.
Sri Lanka reduced the retirement age to 60 to reduce the number of state sector workers to minimize government expenditure. The Ministry saw an outflow of 800 administrative and management staff and has seen vacancies of over 5,800 principal positions for the year ended 2022.
“The government teachers are leaving their jobs mainly because of the retirement at 60 and teachers are leaving overseas,” an official from the Education Ministry told EconomyNext.
The new University will focus on extracting core youngsters and creating younger teachers in the education sector as the Ministry plans to implement modern subjects into Sri Lanka’s syllabus, such as Artificial Intelligence, Wellness and Sustainability.
The Ministry plans to recruit in 35,000 teachers to resolve the shortage. 26,000 out of these graduates are to be given roles as teachers all over the island and another 6,000 teachers will be selected from the current Teacher Training School, the Education Ministry said in a statement.
Sri Lanka’s education budget allocated 504 billion rupees and an allocation of 97 million rupees was reserved to set up universities and 3 billion rupees for the development of teachers in the 2023 budget.
The new university will be named as National Education University. The examinations and interviews are to be held for the potential educators’ island wide, out of which the best will be utilized in Sri Lanka’s education system.
Teachers who are away from their homes will be given chances to work closer to their hometowns, the Media Release said.(Colombo/Dec17/2022)