Nov 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the country's education system should be transformed to comply with latest trends in global education.
Speaking at the Catholic Teacher Day 2017 Commemoration Ceremony held at the Auditorium of St. Joseph's College in Maradana, the Prime Minister said that in 1961 the government decided to acquire the schools to the state. The Buddhists handed over all the schools to the government except the Museaus College.
He noted that some schools were kept under the Catholic Council. He said he was able to streamline the schools that were acquired by the government to the caliber of the Ministry of Education in the past.
The Premier pointed out that he spent two years to streamline those schools.
"School education is not meant to just hold examinations. Schools should form best personalities of the country. A large number of students going abroad to seek education. At the same time there are hundreds of international schools, and tuition classes in the present context.
The Premier pointed out that serious thoughts need to be given how to improve country's education. If the education in the country is a failure, future of the country itself will also be a failure, he said.
The Premier stressed that good teachers need to be dispatched to the school system. He added that the Minster of Education is working on appointing better teachers to the government schools.
Around 2000 catholic teachers were felicitated at the ceremony today.
Arch Bishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and the Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam were also present.