Baffling how more int’l schools can reduce disparity - NPP | Daily News

Baffling how more int’l schools can reduce disparity - NPP

It is unclear how encouraging the setting up of more international schools in all districts would help to resolve the disparity among schools in this country, National People’s Power (NPP) MP Harini Amarasuriya said.

Joining the Committee Stage Debate of the 2022 Budget where the expenditure heads of the Education Ministry was debated she said the disparity in the education sector is an issue that has been existent over a long period of time.

There is a severe disparity between schools.

“Hence, I was shocked to hear that one of the proposals presented in this Budget to address these disparities and reduce the inequalities among schools was to grant tax concessions and other benefits such as lands to encourage the establishment of modern internationals schools in every district. It is puzzling to me as to how these disparities among schools could be reduced by establishing international schools in every district. It is also questionable if they have actually understood the idea of inequality. How can the issue of inadequate facilities in some schools be resolved by setting up international schools? International schools are fee-paying institutions. There are many schools without even the basic facilities. Today if a person has money they can receive a good standard of education. We need solutions for these issues,” she noted.

Over the years, she noted that the allocations made for education have been reducing. “We must think of the repercussions by doing this. Although there is adequate money to keep the schools running there isn’t enough to develop them further.”

She noted that as of now there are many state and private higher education institutions in the country. However, she said that it is questionable as to the quality and accreditation of these institutions. The experienced educator said that unless there is a national plan after discussion on how we are to proceed into the future, there is a huge problem.

“It is vital to review the university entry process in line with the present requirement. The old syllabus, new syllabus issue needs to be resolved permanently, failing which this issue will arise in another three years,” she said.

The expenditure heads of the Women and Child Development, Pre-Schools and Primary Education, School Infrastructure and Education Services State Ministry, Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Learning Promotion State Ministry,Skills Development, Vocational Education Research and Innovation State Ministry, and the Dhamma Schools, Pirivena and Bhikkhu Education State Ministry were debated yesterday.

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