The Ministry of Education mentions that the ‘Suraksha’ student insurance scheme will continue without break for the health protection of all students in government schools.

Accordingly, the beneficiaries who have not submitted their claims so far must submit the correctly completed applications to the relevant zonal education offices or to the ministry of education.

The details about this can be obtained from the telephone numbers 0112784163, 0112784872 or 0113641555 of the Health and Nutrition Branch of the ministry of education.

 

 

 

 

The Ministry of Education has collaborated with Dialog Asiata Company to provide the opportunity for children to receive education from their school teachers free of charge using any phone with or without internet facilities while staying at home.

 Accordingly, the school teachers will have the opportunity to teach connecting students up to 45 at a time using the telephone number 1377 of the ministry of education.

The computer software necessary for this program has been provided by the Dialog Asiata Company. At the initial stage this program is scheduled to be implemented in 100 schools selected from nine provinces of the island.

Inaugural occasion of this program was held at the ministry of education yesterday (28) under the leadership of The Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Dallas Alahapperuma. For this occasion officials of the ministry and the Dialog Company including the Chief Executive Officer of Dialog Asiata Company Mr. Supun Weerasingha had joined.

 

 

The Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Dallas Alahapperuma states that the Buddhist priests, other clergymen or nuns will not be placed in the government institutions as Development Officers in the future; they all will be absorbed to the education system as teachers. 

Graduate training scheme is a program implemented in different levels by governments from time to time and under this scheme the appointment of Buddhist priests and other clergymen as development officers in various government institutions had become a serious issue. As a result of making The President and the Prime Minister aware of this situation by Maha Nayaka Theros and archbishops, a cabinet paper on this matter was issued at the beginning of this year. Accordingly, it has been decided not to appoint any clergy including Buddhist priests and nuns as development officers in any government institution in the future. Marking the first step of this decision, twenty three Buddhist monks who had been serving as development officers in the ministry, were offered the teaching appointments today (27) at the ministry premises under the leadership of the Minister of Education.   

Further stating his views at this occasion the Minister of Education said that this is an occasion the education in the country and the system of education is facing a challenge. Only the change of policies is not sufficient for changing the country. I invite you, the priests, clergy and nuns to interfere with the situation when the children are confined to their homes and they are having an anxiety about examinations and education. Some senior officers including the Advisor to the Ministry of Education Dr. Upali Sedara, the Additional Secretaries Hemantha Premathilaka, Anusha Gokula and R.M. Rathnayaka had joined in this occasion.     

 

 

 

The survey conducted by the Ministry of Education for the teachers serving in government schools for the purpose of finding the information about where the teachers like to work most and what are the subjects they have qualified, has been postponed until 07.06.2020.  

 For this purpose, log into “Teacher Survey Form” in https://moe.gov.lk , the official website of the Ministry of Education or https://nemis.moe.gov.lk . The questionnaire provided this site must be completed following the instruction given in it before 07.06.2020. However, there will be no further extension of this date. 

 

- The assistance of several organizations including UNICEF and Australian government to the government..

A learning package for grade 1 and 2 students that can be studied at home even without television or internet facilities has been introduced by the government of Australia, Unicef Sri Lanka, Save the Children, Room to Read and Child Fund Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education

These learning materials have been prepared targeting the nearly sixty five hundred thousand students in grades 1 and 2 of primary education stage out of the total students population in Sri Lanka and by now these learning materials have been dispatched to provincial education departments.   

This learning package helps to the students in grades 1 and 2 to do the activities related to the subjects of Mother tongue, Mathematics and Environment in Sinhala and Tamil Media. The Ministry of education emphasizes that it is important and essential that the parents should direct and assist their children who are confined to their homes to use these learning materials.   

Steps have been taken to prepare these learning materials and provide them to the students in primary grades as a one step of the financial aid of 1.5 million Australian Dollars announced by the Australian government recently in order to propide opportunities for the children in this country to face the challenge of COVID 19 pandemic situation and to work positively.  

The meeting for accepting officially these printed learning materials which are scheduled to be distributed among the children to make the necessity of improving the educational activities of the students in Sri Lanka a reality, was held at the Ministry of Education yesterday (26) with the leadership of The Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs. The minister stated at this occasion that the Ministry of Education has already implemented several measures including the television programs such as e-thaksalawa, Ratak Watina Pothak and Gurugedara Educational TV channel for the purpose of maintaining actively and continuously the education of school children who are confined to their homes in the wake of present challenging situation in the country.   

Several male and female personnel including Resident Coordinator of United Nations Hanaa Singer, Representative of the UNICEF Sri Lanka Institute Tim Sutton, Education Head of UNICEF Sri Lanka Takaho Fukami, Sri Lanka Director of Room to Read Institute Ms. Shewanthi Jayasooriya and National Director of Save the Children Institution Julian Chellappa participated in this occasion. And also several officers including the the Secretary of Education Mr.N.H.M. Chithrananda, Advisor to the Ministry Dr. Upali Sedara, Secretary of the State Ministry Mr. Ranjith Chandrasekara, and the Director General of the National Institute of Education Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawarathna participated.