President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that officials should take utmost care on the entire school examination process since this is an issue that is extremely sensitive to the public.
The President was speaking at the Education Ministry progress review meeting at the Ministry auditorium. It was the first meeting chaired by the President at ministry level to review the progress of the programmes implemented by the respective ministries.
The President said that officials should make sure no lapses occur on their part during the entire examinations process and the highest degree of confidentiality needs to be maintained at all levels.
He said the Opposition whose sole motive is to grab power at any cost, does not think of the country nor the younger generation . “They start propagating lies against the government when such lapses occur,” he said.
“We should leave no room for the Opposition to make use of these lapses,” the President further said.
The President told officials that the entire examination process including the holding of examinations, evaluation and issuance of the results should bear the highest level of responsibility and confidentiality.
He told officials that every household in the country is concerned on matters related to the examinations and that they should take utmost care in handling them.
President Rajapaksa ordered officials to bring all international schools operating in the country under a regulatory mechanism. He stressed that the younger generation should not be led astray.
The President made this announcement when an official of the Education Ministry said that international schools have been registered under the Companies Act and these international schools are beyond their purview. He stressed the importance of bringing new legislation to bring international schools under a regulatory arm. “This regulatory mechanism has to be implemented soon , whoever raises opposition”. The President added that history, religion and the mother tongue have to made compulsory subjects to the students of International schools.President Rajapaksa also said that some form of sport too has to be made compulsory in schools as most students suffer from some sort of depression due to lack of exercise to their bodies.
Education Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Jayaratne said a Cabinet Memorandum has been prepared for the compulsory allocation of time in schools for physical exercises. He said that new physical training instructors would be recruited to the Ministry to give physical and theoretical knowledge to the students.
Economic Development minister Basil Rajapaksa, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage were also present.