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Parents urged to report illegal claims by schools

If parents are requested by principals of leading and popular schools, to pay undue donations or building funds to admit their children to school next year (2018), they are kindly requested by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to report such illegal claims to the Education Ministry, as about 722 investigation officers have been deployed countrywide to look into such malpractices.

About 78 complaints over this issue have been currently received by the Education Ministry, and errant school authorities and relevant officials would be interdicted after conducting proper inquiries over the complaints.

About 5,000 new teachers are to be recruited from qualified graduates early next year, to fill existing vacancies for teaching technological subjects for G.C.E. (A. L.) classes in 352 national schools countrywide, and those who are unsuccessful in entering universities in 2018 are directed to follow vocational training courses at Higher Educational Institutes belonging to the Higher Education Ministry, in order to qualify for lucrative job opportunities locally and globally, as skilled technicians and talented technologist are in great demand in the present job market.

About 200,000 O/L and A/L-qualified youths are to be trained early next year under a free vocational training programme, and the government has allocated a sum of Rs. 340 million for this purpose, said NWP Education Department Senior Education Director (Non–Formal Education) W. M. Senadheera, speaking at a meeting of divisional directors of education held on December 31, 2017 at Kuliyapitiya, Kurunegala.