Sept 10, Colombo: Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam states that the government has implemented a number of special programs for the security of all 450,000 children in the country.
He said the government while has taken measures to launch the 'Suraksha' insurance scheme to cover all school children in order to make the free education a reality.
The Minister said he was able to transform the Ministry of Education which functioned amid various corruption and fraud in the past, into an excellent institution which meets the needs of the era.
Minister Kariyawasam pointed out that the Ministry's main task should be to create a youth community armed with the knowledge to succeed in the new world.
He expressed these views while participating as the Chief Guest in the prize giving at the Southland Girls' School in Galle recently.
At the occasion, the Minister of Education explained the benefits of Suraksha Insurance to the gathering.
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.
The Minister also said that under the special benefits he was able to reduce the fees paid for private hospitals and specialist doctors by 20 percent and the benefit will be granted to the students. .
He also explained that Rs. 1000 allowance per day for 30 days will be given for hospitalizations at a government hospital.
The Minister said it is regrettable that some individuals claim the free education is curtailed at a time when the government is doing its best to give the students such benefits.
The Minister enlightened the parents on the government's programs for uplifting education including the upgrading and modernizing the curriculum to meet the needs of future job market, Smart Class Room to raise e-literacy, providing tablets to GCE A / L students, and providing computers to Grade 6 and higher classes.
Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, Vajira Abeywardena, Galle District MP Wijepala Hettiarachchi and several others participated in the occasion.