Mar 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Government had assumed the responsibility of creating a modern education system needed for the country to move forward with the world.
He said the government formed in 2015 undertook a country with an economy that could not even pay the interests on its foreign loans obtained by the previous government but now the government has taken steps to invest a large amount of money in the development of education in this country.
The Prime Minister was addressing a ceremony organized at Temple Trees today to present National Diplomas for Teaching Science. Around 3.000 teachers who followed the national teaching science diploma received diploma certificates at the occasion. This year around 10,000 diplomas will be awarded under the program.
Speaking at the occasion, the Premier recalled that when he was Education Minister in the 80's most of the teachers were not trained. He had then decided that teachers must be trained throughout the country.
"When we took office in 2015, we were determined to upgrade the education. If the education system is to be modernized in this country there should be trained teachers, Our first goal is to provide trained teaches to schools, second is 13 years of education," the Premier emphasized.
He said the government has extended many facilities to the education sphere including trained teachers, building facilities, health security, new technology and making 13-year education mandatory for children.
About 80,000 would be engaged in the teaching profession along with the teachers who received appointments today. The Government’s aim is to increase this number to 90,000 by the end of this year.
Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and senior officials of the Education Ministry participated in the occasion.