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International schools to be monitored by Education Ministry

The Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security has recommended that the government amend the Assisted Schools Acts No.5 of 1960 and No.8 of 1961, with the intention of allowing the Education Ministry to regulate the international schools in the country.

The Committee observed that schools governed by the Sri Lankan government are under the Assisted Schools Act of 1960 and 1961; however, various types of international schools function under the Companies Ordinance.

The report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security was presented to the House on February 19.

The Committee report observed: “This situation has created a major mismatch within the whole education system and the Ministry of Education has no right to regulate or monitor any of the education institutes that come under Companies Act. Accordingly, the international schools have gained the ability to function without being subject to the regulation and monitoring of the Ministry of Education and the government cannot ascertain that the national goals in education are achieved through such schools.”

The Committee also observed that by undertaking the necessary amendments, the Ministry of Education would get the powers required to monitor and regulate international schools.

“All international schools that are registered and run under the Companies Act at present and new international schools to be opened in future should be registered under a new Act which will be implemented by the Ministry of Education,” the Committee said.

The Committee also observed: “As far as the international schools are concerned the Ministry of Education has made it compulsory to teach the mother tongue and history. However, the reality is that though the above-mentioned schools teach internationally accredited syllabuses the teaching of mother tongue and history is at a very poor level. The reason for that situation is that international schools are registered under the Companies Ordinance and not under the laws related to education.”

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