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Incentive for teachers serving in remote areas

All teachers serving in remote area schools countrywide will be granted an incentive allowance in addition to their normal salaries, Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.

Addressing a meeting in Kegalle on February 8, Minister Alahapperuma said 70 percent of the country’s entire teacher cadre were non-graduate teachers, while 25 percent of primary section teachers were untrained teachers.

He said not a single non-graduate teacher is found in countries with a well developed system of education. As such, steps would be taken to transform the entire teacher cadre in the country into graduate teachers. To achieve this end, all 19 national colleges of education in the country would be elevated into degree-awarding institutions. Cabinet approval had already been obtained to make this a reality.

The Minister added that education should be looked at from the student angle rather than any other angle. What children actually needed was proper guidance to move forward rather than laws and regulations. He said the general thinking among people was that an Education Minister was there to ensure school admission for children, grant teacher transfers and appoint academic and non-academic staff. That was an incorrect attitude. Instead, what the President and the Prime Minister expected of him as Education Minister was to formulate a broad national education policy and plan for the future in order to produce a gifted and talented human resource through the school network.

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