Rs. 6 b program for school development
by Ranil Wijayapala
The mapping out of schools to be developed under the Rs. 6 billion
assistance package from the World Bank is now on. It is being carried
out by the Education Ministry and the Finance Ministry with the idea of
launching the program early next year, Education Minister Bandula
Gunawardena told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
He said the Government intends to develop 1,000 schools including
schools in the North and the East under this program to ease the big
demand for popular schools in the country.“We intend to develop these
schools with all physical and human resources, enabling the students to
have a proper education in their own areas”, the Minister said.
The Finance Ministry and Education Ministry are now selecting the
schools that are to be developed under this program.
Minister Gunawardena said President Mahinda Rajapaksa will include
this proposal in the November Budget proposals.
He said with the implementation of this project, there will be one
popular school with all physical and human resources for each five to
six schools in all areas of the country.
“We also intend to improve schools in the war-ravaged areas in the
North and the East under this program”, the Minister added.
He said many parents are engulfed in the myth of ‘popular schools’
when the best results in the Grade Five Scholarship, G.C.E. (O/L) and
A/L Examinations are reported from schools outside the Colombo city.He
said many popular schools have emerged with the implementation of
programs under various governments to improve schools in remote areas
and also within cities as alternatives to the so-called popular schools.
“The intention of this new project is to create more such schools in
the country to fulfill the education requirements of the students in
their own areas”, the Minister added.