The Minister of Education instructs the officers to speed up the new recruitments of 2,753 teachers having a formal training in psycho-counseling
The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam instructed the officers to take necessary measures to obtain the services of the teachers qualified in psycho-counseling who are capable of solving the problems of students sensitively within the schools because the school children have to face various mental issues in the present complex system of society and it affects negatively on their educational and social existence.
The children are becoming victims of various anti-social elements because the parents and teachers are not properly sensitive to the problems that the children face when they reach the adolescent age and they have been deviated from their balanced personality. Because of this situation a number of issues have been emerged in the society. A gap between the children and the parents and also the teachers has been created since the teachers have limited their teaching only to the subject matters and the parents are engaged in a busy life style. Considering all these circumstances The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam emphasized that it is a timely requirement to provide necessary counseling for the mental issues of the children while being sensitive to them. The minister drew the attention of the officers towards these matters at a meeting of executive offers of the ministry of education and instructed them to recruit suitable people for this purpose as soon as possible.
Accordingly the recruitments of teachers for psycho- counseling activities for the schools having more than 300 students are being scheduled. There are 3,768 such schools in the system. Already 1,039 teachers are temporarily engaged in psycho-counseling service in these schools and they will also be provided with opportunities for obtaining necessary qualifications and be appointed for psycho-counseling activities. In addition to that it is scheduled to appoint more 2,753 graduates qualified from a recognized university in Sri Lanka or similar recognized institution.