New public school system that isn’t segregated along lines of language or religion – PM

Over the next two years, the Government will introduce a new public primary and secondary education system that is not segregated along lines of language or religion, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

“The Minister of Education has been given the task of establishing a common schooling system,” he said, speaking at at event in Colombo.

All religious education institutes apart from Sunday schools will also be brought under the purview of the Ministry of Education, said Wickremesinghe. He did not, however, specify whether Christian/Catholic Sunday schools were also exempted.

A ‘Muslim Education Institute Regulatory Board’ is to be established, he further said, the concurrence for which has already been obtained from Muslim Ministers and Members of Parliament.

Speaking at a separate press conference today, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariiyawasam echoed the Premier’s announcement.

“The Cabinet has decided to bring Madrasa schools under the regulation of the National Institute of Education. All schools established over the past five years were not segregated along ethnic or religious lines. We hope to maintain this,” he said.

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