CBK highlights dire education crisis


  • Notes authorities’ non-cognisance of fact 
  • Suggests revolution in edu sector as solution to many crises


BY Buddhika Samaraweera

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has stated that the education sector in the country is in a serious crisis at present and that no one responsible has yet realised that situation.

In a message issued on the occasion of the late Education Minister and “father of free education” C.W.W. Kannangara’s 137th birth anniversary yesterday (13), Kumaratunga also called on the leaders of the education sector and all citizens to come together to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the education sector.

Adding that there are numerous issues that have arisen in the country at present, she stated that the solution to all such crises is to bring about a revolution in the education sector.

“The country cannot be built without building the next generation and the next generation cannot be built without having a proper education system. Therefore, it is vital to properly identify the current educational crisis in the country and provide lasting solutions to it,” she said.

Schools islandwide have been closed for more than a year and a half due to the Covid-19 pandemic, yet, during the school closures, teachers used to carry out teaching activities online. However, due to the lack of necessary resources such as mobile phones and telephone signals, various parties including the teachers trade unions were seen complaining in the recent past that a large number of students do not have access to education under the online education system.

Also, as part of the trade union actions launched by the teachers and principals trade unions to protest against their salary anomaly issue, they have withdrawn from all online teaching activities since 12 July 2021, and the series of trade union actions marked its 94th day yesterday.