Sept 27, Colombo: A trade union affiliated to the education sector in Sri Lanka says a circular issued by the Education Ministry has burdened parents with additional expenses.
The Ceylon Teacher Services Union (CTSU) states that the circular on school based teacher development programme issued by the Education Ministry has resulted in parents having to bear all expenses for the programme.
CTSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said the circular issued by the Ministry has threatened the free education system in the country.
He explained that according to the circular, all teacher training programs should be institutionalized through school based committees and funds should be allocated from school budgets annually.
Funds for the programs that are carried out through school development committees should be collected from parents.
"The government is moving out of teacher training programs and is now burdening parents with the task of getting the teachers trained to educate their children," Jayasinghe has said.