(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa held discussions with all state ministers at the Presidential Secretariat Thursday (10) and took a number of decisions that will contribute to the betterment of the lives of the people and society, President’s Media Division said.
One of them is to increase the total number of national schools in the island to one thousand. Some existing national schools are limited to the name only with no adequate facilities. Such schools will also be developed expeditiously.
The President and other State Ministers decided to appoint District Education Committees for the development of the school system. It was also agreed to strengthen the coordination between the Education Zonal Offices and the Divisional Offices.
Politicians have the opportunity to participate in everything that contributes to the development of the school system, except teacher transfers and the enrollment of children in schools. The President pointed out that it was for the common good and not for political interference.
The appointment of acting principals to fill the vacancies of principals in schools island wide was discussed at the meeting. According to the Teachers’ Constitution, teacher examinations should be held every year.
The main reason for the vacancies in principal posts is that it is not done properly. It was also decided to look into the possibility of appointing talented and experienced teachers in schools as acting principals.
The President emphasized the need to actively contribute to the development process by improving the efficiency of the public service. “Some officials are afraid to make decisions. This situation must change,” the President stressed. President Rajapaksa emphasized the need for politicians and government officials to work together to make the public service more efficient and streamlined.