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The minister of education orders to call for a report about the methods of admitting children to the popular schools for studying in advanced level.

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has ordered the officials to submit a detailed report on how marks are allocated in the tests conducted by the schools when the students who have passed the G.C.E. (O/L) from other schools are admitted to their schools and also about the money obtained from those students. This has been done after considering the complaints received on the ways of conducting interviews and obtaining money from the students in some schools. The interviews for admitting students to the advanced level classes are held at school levels and in addition to the results of the examination, achievements they have shown in sports, co-curricular activities and other fields are also considered at these interviews.

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e-learning experience for school children from Digital Learning Experience Centre

The ministry of education has established a Digital Learning Experience Centre to demonstrate new tools and learning methods to the school community through Digital Technology in line with the introduction of computer technology and e-learning projects under the directions of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam in order to empower the school community with new technology including school children and the teachers.

The demonstration programs of teaching a lesson in a classroom using new instruments in this center was held at the Digital Learning Experience Center of the ministry of education at 1.00 pm on 09.05.2017.

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The Minister of Education leaves for India for the inauguration of the Vesak Zone in New Delhi

It is also scheduled to open the Vesak paldal made for the first time in India.

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam left for India today morning (15) to inaugurate the Vesak Zone built in New Delhi, India.

This Vesak Zone has been built near the Sri Lanka High Commission in India and it is consisted of more than two hundred Vesak lanterns, Vesak decorations and also a beautiful Vesak pandal. The media in India reports that this is the first time a Vesak pandal is built in India.

This pandal has been created with the height of forty feet and depicting the story of Angulimala. More than fifteen thousand electric bulbs have been used for this pandal. The story of the dandal is presented in Hindi language. In addition to this it has been scheduled to have a musical presentation of Buddhist devotional songs also.

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Wish a glorious Vesak which defeats the mythology by wisdom, the untruth by truth and the ignorance by science!

We are now celebrating the 2561st Vesak in the year of Buddhist Era. With the objective of celebrating the three auspicious events of the Lord Buddha, Buddhist people in all countries in the world commemorate venerably the Vesak day and it is more significant this time for Sri Lankans. It is a matter of pleasure that the international Vesak celebration and world Buddhist Summit are held in Sri Lanka.

Several programs at national level such as Vesak celebrations and decorations, pandals, displaying of lanterns are being conducted.

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The teachers and principals report for the service as usual defeating the strike…

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam expressed his thanks to the teachers and the principals who dedicated for safeguarding the right to education of the children defeating the strike based on the power seeking political aims.

The effort made to destabilize the school education using the teachers and principals in the country by power seeking trade unions today was a total failure according to an investigation done by the Ministry of Education.

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Special program from the Central Cultural Fund for international Vesak celebrations

This time, the international Vesak celebration is held in Sri Lanka and at the moment international organizations, government institutions and private institutions are contributing to this activity. The construction of creations generating Buddhist thoughts and depicting the biography of Lord Buddha has already started.

Adjoining the Diyawanna Vesak zone which is held from 10th to 14th May, the construction of United Nations’ international Vesak zone is also being happened. This international Vesak zone is constructed with the contribution of 10 Buddhist countries in the region and within it the creations are displayed showing the Buddhist identity of these respective countries. The displaying of Sri Lankan Buddhist identity within this international Vesak zone has been given to the Central Cultural Fund under the Ministry of Education.

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“The protest campaign staged for sabotaging the education of children by power seeking trade unions is condemned; They have nothing but the greed for power” – The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

The effort made by some people to darken the future of school children such as the innocent patients were victimized by trade unions in order to achieve narrow political gains of power seeking politicians is thoroughly condemned and any professional who love the country will not join in this so-called protests, said The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

The minister also pointed out that the people must take steps to raise their protest against this injustice because their children are subjected to be victimized from these activities. He also mentioned that even under the recent unhealthy risk conditions having extreme hot weather, spreading of Dengue menace and spreading of virus fever, steps were taken to avoid the breakdown of children’s education through the implementation of suitable alternative programs.

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A special program from the minister of education for improving the English knowledge of the children

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has decided to launch a special program for the promotion of English knowledge of school children.

In line with this, the minister of education has instructed the relevant officers of the National Institute of Education and the English and Foreign Languages Branch of the ministry of education about the introduction of a text book for Grades one and two in the schools. So far the text books have been prepared only for the Grades above the Grade 3.

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“Gurugedara Andaheraya” the new year festival of the ministry of education

The new year festival 2017 of the ministry of education that had been named as “Gurugedara Andaheraya” was held yesterday (27) at the premises of the ministry with the paronage of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.
It was significant the participation of all people belonging to all departments and sections of the ministry of education and other institutions coming under the ministry as well in this new year festival which was consisted of traditional folk arts and folk games including climbing the greasy post, pillow fight, tug of war, scraping coconut, weaving coconut leaves, singing folk songs, playing Raban and also a displaying of local martial arts. The Secretary of Education Mr. Sunil Hettiarachchi, State Secretary of Education Mr. Thissa Hewawithana, Additional Secretaries and other executive officers also had joined in this festival.

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A special program from The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to socialize the garbage management as a living habit of school community

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has decided to launch a special program at school level for finding a solution to the problem of garbage which has become a severe issue at the moment. The objective of this new program is to sensitize and practically engage the school community for waste management while socializing the necessary guidance for finding sustainable solutions for garbage problem through the schoolchildren.
Since the school community is consisted of forty five hundred thousand school children and two hundred and thirty thousand teachers, it is possible to convey the message of waste management to the entire community including the parents through the school children.

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