(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Minister of Education, Dr. Susil Premajayantha, said arrangements have been made to ensure that school textbooks for next year will be distributed among the students, before the commencement of the 2024 school year.
He said this today, while observing the distribution of textbooks, from the main warehouse of the Educational Publications Department in Pitipana, Homagama to the regional centres islandwide.
The Minister also rejected baseless speculations and false propaganda spread by various interested parties who claim that school uniform materials will only be given to a limited number of students. Minister Premajayantha guaranteed that both uniform material as well as school lunches will be provided as usual without any delay. He added that the expectation of providing all these physical facilities is to cover the syllabus on time by the end of the year 2024, and restore all the academic activities that were disrupted during the Covid pandemic.
Also, Minister Premajayantha said that when compared to last year, this year the school textbook printing could be done at a cost-effective and timely manner, where a saving of Rs 4,000 million could be made to the State. He added the State Printing Corporation has even started making profits, and that in the future, printing of all school textbooks, exercise books as well as other Government documents will be given to the SPC for printing.
He emphasised that in order to ensure transformative education reforms in this country, the support and dedication of all these institutions and staff is imperative.