July 26, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that discussions have been held to set up a larger faculty of education to train teachers in Jaffna since the existing education faculty has facilities only for 250 students.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing a ceremony held to award permanent appointment letters to the Northern Province Volunteer Teachers at Hindu College in Jaffna on Sunday said the arrangements will be made to provide the necessary funding to set up a new facility that can accommodate more teacher trainees.
The Premier said the Education Minister is working to recruit the teachers needed for the Tamil medium schools in the North and train them and he had discussions with the Minister to set up a larger college of education in Jaffna to train these teachers.
"A dedicated teacher is created through trained teachers. The existing faculty has facilities for only 250 teacher trainees. Therefore, we will take steps to provide financial assistance to establish a larger college of education," the Premier said.
"I believe that the Chief Minister, the Parliamentarians and the Provincial Councilors will be able to call back the retired Sri Lankan teachers, who have gone abroad, to train teachers here," he added.
The Prime Minister recalling that in the past before the ethnic conflict Jaffna had a superior education system not second to Colombo said such a good education system should be restored in Jaffna again. If there are good teachers, this situation can be restored, he added.
The Premier emphasized that Sri Lanka should not be a country paying low wages any longer and to be a high income country knowledgeable people are needed. "That is why we should develop our education system and hire more teachers," he said.
The Prime Minister said more teachers will be recruited next year. "By now, we have recruited sports teachers. We also recruited teachers for dancing subject. Three days ago, graduates were recruited to teach vocational subjects in grades 12 and 13. We also need to recruit teachers for Tamil medium schools elsewhere in the country."
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe thanked the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam for directing the Education Ministry while maintaining high standards.