President Mahinda Rajapaksa said his government is totally committed to continuously implement the Kannangara education policy. Speaking at the 130th birth celebration of former Education Minister C W W Kannangara at the Nelliadi School in Kankasanthurai yesterday (October 13), he said that the government has taken every step for full implementation of the pioneer of the free education in Sri Lanka.
Kannangara education policy is being implemented today even better than during the Kannangara era, he said after inaugurating the Mahindodaya laboratory at the Nelliadi School.
Under the national plan of establishing 1000 Mahindodaya laboratories in schools, the President inaugurated the Mahindodaya laboratories at Delft Maha Vidyalaya, St Anthony’s College, Dr Thiagaraja School in Karainagara and Hindu College in Jaffna yesterday.
Each Mahindodaya laboratory has been established with Computer Centre with 40 computers, Language Centre with 20 computers, Nanasa Unit for distance education, a mathematics Centre and a Science Lab.
The President advised Provincial Education authorities to take measures to end the teacher shortage in rural schools by implementing a proper teacher transfer and recruitment procedure.
“By carrying out such a system, the teacher shortage affecting mostly the rural and underprivileged schools can be sorted out,” he added.
The President pointed out that to discover solutions to the teacher shortage; a school based teacher recruitment method was introduced recently.
Under this system, teachers are recruited to a school only when there is a vacancy. The particular teacher should report only to the nominated school. If not, the salary of that particular teacher will be stopped.