Education Reforms: President puts accent on quality
Promotion of quality in education should be the basis for all recommendations, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President made this observation while accepting the report on national policy framework on Higher Education and vocational education from National Education Commission Chairman Prof A.V. Suraweera.
The Educational system should create a younger generation who can win the world but love the Motherland, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
President Rajapaksa said that the education authorities should deviate from opening educational institutes in an ad hoc manner. He emphazised the need of providing more facilities to the existing educational institutes and conducting them in a way that would ensure the higher standard of education. Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga said that more focus should be paid on the inauguration and promotion of IT and job oriented training courses in the country.
The Commission through this report has forwarded a set of proposals on how the higher education and vocational education policy should be formulated to suit the present situation. This policy framework was prepared by the Commission based on the extensive dialogue with the members of the academia and the opinions of various stakeholders.
The policy on higher education consists of three main segments.
The Commission has forwarded 102 recommendations to uphold the quality, recognition and appraisal of the higher education and vocational education sector. Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena and Youth Affairs Minister Dullas Allahapperuma were among those present.
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This is a welcoming move though it is already late. But, what about the primary and secondary education systems? The problems in most schools seem to be going from bad to worse. First of all, principals and authorities need to see that the teachers go to their class on time. There must be a teacher in all 8 periods. Then we will not hear most of these students’ disciplinary problems. The students’ precious time should not be wasted by any means. Organising unneccessay functions that are not academically helpful to students should be stopped. If necessary, have them after school or weekends. Teachers too have problems. These too need to be addressed immediately.