Aug 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena today in parliament tabled a blueprint of a new draft bill of an Education Act.
The Minister said that the new Educational Act would be drafted based on the set of proposals compiled by the 23 member parliamentary advisory committee on education.
The parliamentary advisory committee on educational reforms obtained views of around 1000 academics, religious leaders, political party leaders, principals, educationists and trade union leaders.
Tabling the blue print in the parliament, the Minister of Education urged all MPs to support to compile a consistent education act irrespective of petty political differences.
The Ministry of Education is also taking measures to end the system of gender based school system, says the Minister.
Addressing a forum held on the education in the national policy on social integration at Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategically Studies, the Minister recently said that the policy the Education Ministry recognizes is mixed schools.
The Ministry has focused on transforming the gender-specific schools into mixed schools, he said.
Arguing that schools without gender, ethnic or religious divisions may lead to the national integration, the Minister pointed out that the Ministry had already taken steps not to open schools based on ethnicity or religion in future.