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President wants number of National Schools to be increased to one thousand

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ECONOMYNEXT-Sri Lankan government will increase the number of National Schools to 1000 while improving the existing schools to provide equal facilities, a statement issued by the Presidents Media division (PMD) said.

The decision was taken at a meeting held yesterday at the Presidential secretariat chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the participation of the newly appointed State Ministers.

The meeting discussed issues in the education system and the decision to increase the number of National schools and to appoint District Educational Committees for the Development of school network in each district was taken.

“Some of the existing National Schools are there only for the name. There are no adequate facilities available. These schools will also be developed expeditiously. ” the statement said.

It was also decided to strengthen the zonal offices and divisional offices in the school system.

The president asked the politicians not to interfere in transfers and other issues pertaining to school staff and admission of students however they could contribute to any activity to ensure the progress of the school network in the country.

Acting principals will be appointed for the vacancies in the Principal grade and teachers’ exams are to be held once a year per the teacher’s service regulations.

“The main reason for vacancies in Principal posts is due to the failure to conduct these examinations in a methodical manner,” the statement said.

“It was also decided to explore the possibility of appointing competent and experienced teachers in schools as Acting Principals.”

The statement said the President pointing out the flooding in urban areas and said due to not implementing the solutions introduced by the former government of Mahinda Rajapaksa the issue remained throughout the previous governments time.

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“We introduced a permanent solution for this problem. It was not operative during the last 5 years and the issue remains. ” President Rajapaksa said.

“The responsibilities have been assigned to multiple institutes and it is one of the reasons for this failure.”

Need for amendment of the medical ordinance was also discussed in the meeting and decisions were taken to Implement proper procedure in importing medicine and amendments in regulations for importation practices.

Head of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival, Basil Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka has the capacity to meet the global medical requirements as well as entering the global medical supply chain.

“We have investors stand by, if we can accomplish this it will be a historical victory for Sri Lanka,” he said.

The discussion was continued controlling drug trade and strengthening civil defence committees to assist the drug eradicating programs.

(Colombo/September 11/2019)

Reported by Chanka Jayasinghe