Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Education said as the subject minister, he will look into the functioning of Madrasa schools in the country.
"It is my duty as the Minister of Education to look into the functioning of Madrasa schools ... I will do it," Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris said in parliament today.
The Minister said from the time of the present President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was the Defense Secretary, a formal mechanism had been put in place for the admission of students and teachers to Madrasa schools and their functioning. However, this mechanism was completely disrupted after the government of good governance came to power.
The Minister was responding to a question raised by Parliamentarian Kavinda Jayawardena in Parliament today (20).
He said that those coming to Sri Lanka from abroad seeking visas to teach in Madrasa schools should be closely monitored and that it was irresponsible to employ such persons to teach in schools without looking into the background and past behavior of the individuals.
He said the Department of Immigration and Emigration and the intelligence services should work closely together to find out the information and background of the persons concerned.
Minister Peiris pointed out that the Ministry of Education oversees all matters pertaining to the persons permitted to teach in Madrasa schools, as well as the courses taught, the manner in which students are admitted.
Prof. GL Peiris further said the Minister of Education has a duty to supervise Madrasa schools and that he will fulfill those duties.