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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Educational Services Ministry Sri Lanka


Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa introduced a new Educational Services Ministry at yesterday's(January 28) Cabinet reshuffle. Duminda Dissanayake has been appointed Educational Service Minister.
Education sector trade unions in Sri Lanka have criticized the government's move to add another ministry to the sector.
The Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) says that the newly created Educational Services ministry will be of no use except to utilize funds that would otherwise be allocated for free education in the country.
CTU General Secretary, Joseph Stalin says that now another minister would be maintained by the monies that should be spent on the country's student population.
According to Mr. Stalin, even with so many ministers, deputy ministers and a supervising MP the authorities still muddle national level examinations.
CTU General Secretary, Joseph Stalin told Ceylon Today, "Nothing good will come out of this new ministry. Another minister will now be maintained on the money that should be spent on educating students."
He charged that last year, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption had received the most number of complaints against those in the education sector.
"With all the corruption that has been going on in education, as well as the repeated failure of the Ministry of Education when it comes to holding examinations, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardane has still been vested with this portfolio. And now a new ministry has been set up as well," Stalin said.