GL moots laws to regulate international schools

  • International schools welcome move 


Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris said in Parliament yesterday (5) that he is ready to introduce new laws to regulate international schools, bringing them under the purview of the Ministry of Education.

Responding to a question raised by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP K. Sujith Sanjaya Perera regarding issues faced by parents of international school students, the Minister said that the Ministry currently has no legal powers to regulate international schools, as they do not fall under the Ministry’s purview.

“There are about 393 international schools, but they are not registered under the Ministry; but instead as companies. A committee could be appointed with representatives from all parties, and we could consider this to be a national issue,” he noted.

The Minister said that after considering as to what extent these international schools need to be regulated by the Ministry, and drawing up a set of proposals, new laws too could be introduced.

MP Perera claimed that the parents of international school students are facing issues due to the lack of standards, teachers, and facilities in international schools. He requested the Minister to bring in regulations for international schools, and to introduce new laws if necessary.

When inquired about regulating international schools, The International Schools of Sri Lanka (TISSL) organisation General Secretary Malithi Jayatissa told The Morning yesterday that regulations for international schools are welcome, and that they are working with the Ministry to bring in regulations, and to be registered, at present.

“We are closely working with the Ministry, and have submitted some proposals for the registration of international schools. We have no problem with this. International schools should be registered and properly governed,” she stated.

She said that these regulations are reforms that would enable more support and opportunities for international school students.