- Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:22
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Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena emphasized that the implementation of the circular preventing students transferring from one national school to another national school was made compulsory to prevent any injustice being caused to a student.
He said that this action was taken to ensure the rights of students who have studied in under-privileged schools getting a better education in a national school as there are many schools without Advanced Level classes in certain areas.
Addressing a media conference held in Colombo yesterday, the Minister said that there are 72 Divisional Secretariat Divisions in the country that have schools without Advanced Level classes.
Deploring the moves being made by parents and some students to get admission to only certain schools despite having the stream of education and fully staffed advanced level classes in their own schools, the Minister said that these actions are being made under the myth of popular schools depriving rural students getting admission to these schools and the same facilities available in certain schools get wasted and the teaching staff are not getting fully utilized.
The Minister pointed out that 21 students from one leading school in Colombo, which has all the facilities and staff have left that school to join a popular school in Colombo.
He further said that all steps will be taken to abolish this practice and said that it is the objective of the government to provide equal educational facilities to students in all parts of the country. He said that at least 800 secondary schools will be established to overcome this problem.
Referring to teacher transfers, the Minister said that teachers serving in National Schools for long periods will be allowed to seek transfers to other schools from next year. He said that at present teacher transfers are being granted only among the provincial schools and there are some teachers in the National Schools serving in the same school for around 25 years.(niz)