Apr 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says educators and intellectuals should take the responsibility of making decisions on the country's education and not leave it in the hands of politicians.
During a discussion at the President's Office this morning on the Grade Five Scholarship Examination, the President pointed out that the country needs an expeditious national plan to address the issues that arise in the field of education and create a system in which children can win the new world.
The President said that a dialogue should be held together with politicians, scholars, intellectuals and experts in the field on the subject.
Expressing his views, the President said the Grade Five Scholarship Examination has created an extremely unhealthy situation for the children of the country.
"The competitiveness in the Grade 5 Scholarship targeting admissions to popular schools is not good for the education of the country's children, and this situation has to be changed swiftly," the President said.
Children in this country have been subjected to gross injustice within the popular school concept and a program is immediately needed for all children to enjoy equal privileges through a proper plan making all schools good schools, the President said.
Speaking on the anomalies in education due to the teachers' issue, the President said that the immediate attention should be paid to a formal policy to solve the teachers' issue.
The President also recalled the tragic situation of children in Colombo losing privileges to city's popular schools due to the increasing numbers of students coming to Colombo schools because of the popularity.
The President also highlighted the challenge of building high quality education system and a disciplined future generation when an unlimited number of students annually admitted to one popular school.
Opinions of educators and experts in education sector on the alternative to the Grade Five Scholarship were inquired at the discussion,
On the occasion of the annulment of the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination, the field visits to the industry including academics were discussed.
Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Education and a team of experts from the education sector also participated in the discussion.