Thursday, December 27, 2012

International schools, tuition classes to be monitor- Sri Lanka

International Schools Education in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Education officials are planning to introduce a special mechanism to monitor activities of international schools and private tuition classes.
A special advisory committee appointed by the Education ministry is looking into these issues. The advisory committee received the recommendations and opinions of about 1,000 people in the profession including university teachers and academics.
Meanwhile, National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) chairperson Anoma Dissanayake told that her department received a number of complaints related to incidents of child abuse and poor overall standards at some international schools.
She said the lack of regulation and standards concerning teacher recruitment and a child -friendly environment within some of these schools were issues for high concern. Dissanayake called for a special mechanism under the guidance of the Sri Lanka Education Ministry to regulate and monitor activities of international schools.
“We received a large number of complaints relating to abuse, negligence and poor teaching standards. In some instances, we received reports about some schools even allowing smoking within their premise,” the NCPA head said.
Highlighting, some of the complaints she received, Dissanayake said ethical standards and the propagation of cultural and traditional values in some of these schools too were very poor.
She said she requested in writing to the Education Ministry to intervene in the matter and added that the NCPA was prepared to lend assistance.
Dissanayake said current regulations which bring international schools under the Company’s Act should be amended.
A tuition master (Sampath Aththatige and his accomplices were arrested on the charge of allegedly leaking several questions in the science paper of the GCE O/L examination to students attending his classes, prior to the exam.