President appoints commission to look into situation
in higher education:
Wheels move for higher education development
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday decided to appoint a commission
to look into the present situation in the higher education sector and
submit a report on remedial measurers to him.
A press release issued by the President’s Media Division said the
government intends to look into the present situation in the higher
education sector, including the university system, and draw up a plan
for the development of the higher education sector.
President Rajapaksa also decided to offer an opportunity for
graduates recruited to the public service under the graduate recruitment
programme, implemented from 1994, to sit for competitive examinations in
the Sri Lanka Administrative Service.
He has also decided to introduce a new promotion scheme for the
graduates and to grant employment opportunities in the public sector for
graduates who passed out in 2010 and 2011. The President took these
decisions at a meeting with members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Graduates’
Association at Temple Trees yesterday.
Education authorities should create quality graduates who could
contribute to the country’s economy, President Rajapaksa said.
The government has granted employment opportunities to a number of
graduates and measures have been taken to strengthen the public service
as well, he said.
“Leadership training programmes are very important for university
students. These programmes help create graduates with good qualities
including personality development,” the President said. President
Rajapaksa also pointed out the importance of correct and quick decision
making in the public service as well.
Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Hambantota district MP Namal
Rajapaksa and Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry Secretary
P B Abeykoon were also present at the meeting.