Over 50,000 teacher assistants soon
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardana opened the first Mahindodaya
Technical Laboratory in Teldeniya National School under the program to
set up Mahindodaya Technical Laboratories to develop 1,000 secondary
The new Technical Laboratory constructed at a cost of Rs. 20 million
includes a chemistry laboratory, a mathematics laboratory a Language
laboratory and Information Technology laboratory equipped with 65
The language laboratory consists of a Nenasa centre for distance
education Which is telecast on two Rupavahini educational channels.
After opening the laboratory the Minister said the Teldeniya National
School will become a super school out of 251 Super schools in the
island. He outlined how the schools benefited with technical education
in the past and gradually diminished in the country.
The government under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa
re-established technical education and children will gain this
The Minister said the compulsory age to go to school was 14 in the
past but now it is 17 as the government encourages children to study in
the A/L classes without mathematics.
The Minister said that all problems such as salary anomalies, teacher
promotions and principals will be solved before December 31 this year.
The Minister said that the Government will recruit 50,000 teacher
assistants who passed the GCE (A/L) examination and provide teaching
appointments four years later after they graduate.