May 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is creating a national policy for recruitment of educators to national schools in order to improve the education in state schools, the country's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
Underscoring the need for a national policy to recruit teachers and principals to schools according to their skills, the Premier said development of education requires specialized knowledge.
"Parents ask us to improve education. However, development requires specialized knowledge. Qualified individuals in the education sector must be appointed to the relevant posts. However, it is the exact opposite which occurs," Mr. Wickremesinghe said.
Participating in the 75th Anniversary celebrations of St. Thomas' College Bandarawela yesterday, the Premier said it is important to recruit teachers to schools based on their talents and training.
"Talented persons should be involved in education. This is not happening in state schools," he said.
He explained that in private schools teacher selections are based on a certain standard to make optimum use of the funds.
"Teacher selection in private schools happen according to the demand and subject matter. Talented and the experienced are being selected and entrusted to carry forward the school. If there are no results from the College, they are dismissed."
"However in state schools when the requirement calls for teachers in the science stream, they recruit teachers from the arts stream. They recruit trainee teachers. They receive training after being recruited to government schools. We cannot let this method continue," the Prime Minister stressed.
"There is some political interference when appointments are being given or else there is some other connection. This is the major issue that is hindering the improvement in education," the Prime Minister pointed out.
The Premier said he has discussed with President Maithripala Sirisena and the Minister of Education the designing of a recruitment program for education in the public sector, as well as implementing a review program. This will then be put into effect within state, central government and provincial council schools.
"We are creating a national policy for education where authority isn't taken by provincial councils, nor given over by central governments," he said.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe declared open the Exhibition organized in parallel to the 75th Anniversary celebrations of the College. A special commemorative stamp was issued to mark the Anniversary of the College. A large gathering including many Parliamentarians was present on the occasion.