Taking Isurupaya to the districts

Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris, along with his ministry officials, launched district-level discussions to identify the challenges and issues in the country’s education system and discuss short and long-term development plans, starting off from the Polonnaruwa District of the North Central Province during the weekend.

Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris, along with his ministry officials at the district-level discussions in Polonnaruwa, 18 October 2020.

“The shortage of teachers and principals has been highlighted in many schools, and steps will be taken to eliminate the shortage of nearly 3,000 teachers in the North Central Province and 166 new principals will be recruited within the next two weeks, granting permanent appointments to the current acting principals as soon as possible,” Prof. Peiris said.

Furthermore, he had also discovered that there are 40 schools in the Polonnaruwa District which do not have access to drinking water and immediate measures are to be taken with private donor assistance to provide the necessary drinking water and sanitation facilities for schools by the end of 2020.

Going forward, Prof. Peiris reiterated that instead of asking the public to visit the Ministry in Isurupaya in Battaramulla, a programme will be launched where ministry officials would visit the districts to listen to the grievances of the people who have education sector-related issues such as teacher transfers, enrolment of children in schools, and access to employment opportunities.