1,000 national schools: J’pura College first to be upgraded
The inauguration of the national programme to establish 1,000 well-equipped national schools within the country’s school system, with the aim of providing quality education to all children in the country, was held on Wednesday (30) at the Sri Jayewardenepura College, Kotte, with the participation of Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris.
“Sri Jayewardenepura College, Kotte has a history of 200 years. Although it is located in the Colombo District, many development needs have emerged in the school at present. We are looking to develop language learning facilities, and introduce computer technology and information technology to these schools, as all new national schools that have been selected for development will be equipped with similar facilities,” Prof. Peiris explained.
Commenting on the goals set by the Ministry of Education for 2021, he said his Ministry hopes to formulate a formal programme in this regard in the future, including career guidance to suit present needs, the education of children, and the skills that children acquire, to determine the most suitable job for them.
He said that 123 schools will be redesigned as national schools under the first phase, and 673 schools will be developed in the second phase.
MP Madura Vithana, Sri Jayewardenepura College, Kotte Principal D.A.D. Wanaguru, and a group of senior officials of the Ministry of Education were present at the occasion.