Dec 02, Colombo: The Suraksha Insurance scheme introduced by the Ministry of Education of the previous government for the school children has ceased, says the Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers' Union, Joseph Stalin.
Stalin said the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation continued the insurance scheme until October but the Ministry of Education has not made any explanation as to what will happen to the insurance scheme after the period given to the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation expires.
Although the government has spent Rs. 2,700 million for the insurance scheme, the students received only Rs. 237 million students in benefits from this insurance scheme, Stalin said.
Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers' Union said instead of providing insurance to school children, building more children's hospitals, conducting health and dental clinics at schools and taking measures to prevent health problems are more practical.
The Suraksha Insurance scheme was introduced last year by the previous government with coverage up to a maximum of Rs. 200,000 for 4.5 million school children studying in 11,242 schools.