May 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Thursday unanimously passed a proposal to ban tuition classes on Sundays and full moon days.
Accordingly, the tuition masters cannot hold classes on full moon days and Sundays until 2 PM from morning for children between the ages of 5 to 16 years.
This proposal was moved in the Provincial Council by the Governor of the Province W.J.M. Loku Bandara in accordance with a concept of former Governor Janaka Priyantha Bandara.
Violators of the order will be liable to a fine not exceeding 5,000 rupees and a six month rigorous imprisonment.
Tuition classes are an important part of Sri Lanka’s education and it has become a lucrative business for some teachers. Education is highly competitive in Sri Lanka from Grade one to the university entrance due to lack of resources to match with the high rate of literacy. The students begin competing in examinations from Grade 5 in which they try to win the limited number of seats in Grade 6 of popular schools.
However, the religious leaders complain that the tuition classes on Sundays and full moon days keep the students away from the religious observances and religious education schools.