Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Education Thursday implemented a national program to provide insurance coverage to over 4.5 million school students in the country.
On the direction of the Education Minister, 7th December has been designated as the "Suraksha Student Insurance Day" and special programs have been organized in all island wide schools today to disseminate information on the Suraksha Insurance Scheme to the parents as well as the students.
"I believe that through 'Suraksha' we can ensure a healthy future generation through the current education system," Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said participating in the program at the Anula Vidyalaya in Nugegoda.
The Minister Kariyawasam also symbolically handed over a special leaflet to educate all students and parents about the Suraksha Insurance coverage.
State Minister of Education V. Radhakrishnan and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Hemaka Amarasuriya were present at the occasion.
The 'Suraksha' health insurance program was given special recognition in the Budget Proposals of 2017. This program aims at adding value to the current free education system.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister said many people questioned the feasibility of the insurance program but the Education Ministry has been able to make the program a reality today.
The 'Suraksha' student insurance scheme will not only protect the mental and physical health of our children, but will undoubtedly guarantee a better future for them, the Minister said.
"With rewards close to 5 lakhs of rupees under the theme "Let's protect the children of our nation", we are proud to assert that this insurance scheme will be available to all students who attend local, private and international schools."
The Minister also requested all principals and teachers to provide the necessary guidance to students to obtain the Suraksha Insurance coverage.
The Minister also noted that the present government is continually paying attention to the future responsibility of the education of schoolchildren.
The Ministry of Education has allocated Rs. 3 billion for the Suraksha Insurance scheme.
The insurance consisting of three main areas- Health Insurance, Emergency Coverage and Special Benefits - will cover all students in government schools, non-aided or aided private schools, Pirivena schools and international schools.
Under the health coverage, Rs. 200,000 will be paid for hospitalizations of a student and Rs. 10,000 for selected Outpatient treatment per year.
In the case of a death of a student, the parents will be paid Rs. 100,000 and in the case of death of a parent the student will receive Rs. 75,000. A maximum of Rs. 100,000 will be paid in the case of disability of a student.