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More than 100 students of a
leading boys’ school were taken into custody this morning on charges of having
forcibly entered several leading girls’ schools in Colombo. March & April
months are considered as Big Match fever months in Sri Lanka. Jumping
into girls' schools was a tradition of Big Match but now it has banned but some
school boys still doing it. The students were
released a few hours later after a stiff warning.
Police has requested the
school students not to act in a manner that causes obstruction to the public
when celebrating the big-match season.
Speaking at a media
briefing, Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana also asked students to
avoid behaving in a troublesome manner near girls’ schools. Big Match Season 2014 - Here >>>
The school curriculum is to be changed this year 2014.
The composition of the school curriculum is to be changed this
year. The National Educational Institute
is carrying out the changes at present.
The curriculum of schools is changed once in every 8 years. This was stated by the Additional Secretary
to the Ministry of Education Hemantha Premathilaka participating in the
Subharathee Discussion Programme of the SLBC this morning. He said that when punishing the students
teachers should focus more attention on carrying out such punishments without
affecting the mental status of the students.
He said that the United Nations Convention has pointed out that
providing advisory service is better than punishment. The Additional Secretary pointed out that the
attention of the Ministry has been focused on establishing Child Protection
Committees centering the schools.
Joining the discussion Professor Praneeth Abeysundera of the Social
Science Unit of the Sri Jayawardenapura University said that surveys carried
out recently have indicated that students are using more time on Computers than
watching television programmes.He said
that due to the breakdown in the relationship between the students and the
parents, children are focusing more attention on these activities.
A special Board to conduct External Degree Examination.
Minister of Higher Education S B Dissanayake said that steps have been
taken to improve the quality of External Degree of the Universities.
He said that the quality of this degree needs to be improved to become
it acceptable on an international level.
The Minister said that information has been received that in the recent
past students who have not even passed 5 subjects in the GCE Ordinary Level
Examination properly have obtained external degrees and it misleads the
students. The Minister said that a special
Board will be appointed to hold the external degree examination by the
Examination Department and the University Grants Commission. It will become necessary for the External
Degree students to pass an examination that will be held by this Board.
Registrations can now be made to obtain external degrees from the Open
Universities.In addition to this
possibilities have been made to undertake a degree course by studying the
technical courses conducted by Skills Development Ministry and the Higher Technical
Institutions of that Ministry.Meanwhile, new study courses have been introduced to the Universities
and English and Information Technology have been given priority in these new
courses. Source -SLBC
Updated: Students of the Saundharya Campus colombo to hold a protest today(March 12) noon
infront of Visual & Performing Arts University over hostel issues and degree
issues faced by students said Inter
University Students Union (IUSF).
Inter University Students Union (IUSF) to held a protest (March 6) 12 noon infront of Visual & Performing Arts University,Colombo over degree issues faced by students.
Inter University Students Union (IUSF) to held a protest march today 11 am (March 6) from Kelaniya University to Kiribathgoda Town over Hostel issues faced by students.Parents of the students will also support for this rally.
A group of female students of the Kelaniya university have occupied a
canteen area of the university due to an issue pertaining to their hostels. The
students note that they were forced to resort to this measure as authorities
who identified their issue are yet to find a solution to it.
Around 300 students are currently housed in these premises.
The Students’ Union of the university charges that around 800 students
were denied hostel privileges this year.
Chairman of Kelaniya University Students Union, Kingsley Gunaratne said:
” In 2010 they wanted to suppress the students so they implemented a change in
hostels. This resulted in about 800 students losing hostel privileges…”
Vice Chancellor of Kelaniya University, Sarath Amunugama expressed the
following views:”None of the national universities are capable of completely
solving their hostel problems. We provide hostel facilities for first year
students and students in their final year. If you look at the figures you see
an issue pertaining to female first year students. We have provided facilities
for 92% of the students who applied. We have also provided facilities to 95% of
the final year students that applied ..”
However, responding to a query raised in Parliament on Tuesday Minister
of Higher Education , S.B. Dissanayake notes that universities have only spent
less than 50% of the funds allocated to their ministry.
He made following comment: “.. There is no issue about funding. What we
are trying to do is to keep our expenses below 70% of the allocated funds. in
2010 a majority of the universities spent less than 50% of their allocated
Sources close to the Inter University
Students' Federation (IUSF) of Sri Lanka says that the Marxist party Janatha
Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) under its new leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka has
intensified the effort to win back the leadership of the IUSF to the party.
Present IUSF convener Najith Indika and
former convener Sanjeeva Bandara are members of the Frontline Socialist Party
the breakaway group of JVP.
IUSF is not a legal body in the university
system but it is recognized for decades as the radical students' movement of
JVP was in the helm of the IUSF until the
party split in 2011.
IUSF sources say that JVP had recently failed
an effort to buy or oust the IUSF leader Najith Indika.
Sri Jayewardenepura University administration has decided to suspend the
studentships of 18 undergraduates allegedly involved in assaulting its security
officers and causing damage to university property recently.
The majority facing suspensions were from the Faculty of Humanities and Social
Sciences, sources said.
They said those 18 had been accused of instigating other students to attack the
university’s security officials on the night of Feb 24. Three members of the
security staff had been injured in the attack. The security staff members had
identified the students who had assaulted them and had handed over information
pertaining to those students to the university administration.
The suspension decision had been taken on the basis of that information, a
senior official of the university said.
The members of the non-academic staff of the university staged a demonstration
and boycotted work on Tuesday (25) condemning the attack and demanding action
against the attackers.