Education industry needs major reforms-Dullas
2019-11-22 at 16:26
Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma says the education industry is in need of major reforms.
Speaking at the Education Ministry after assuming duties as the new Minister in charge, Alahapperuma said increasing funds allocated for education is also a timely requirement.
The Minister noted that although demands were made for 6% of the GDP to be allocated for education, it remained a mere slogan to date.
Minister Alahapperuma pointed out that only 1.9% of the GDP was set aside in the Budget last year for education, claiming that only 40% of that sum was spent.
The Minister believes that a 2.5% allocation for education, would be sufficient.
He reiterated that drastic changes have been suggested in the election manifesto of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The Minister noted that school’s curriculum must also be amended to meet the present-day demand.
Minister Alahapperuma said the curriculum and classrooms of schools are still of the 19th century.
He added that both politicians in charge of education and teachers are working according to standards of the 20th century, although students are of the 21st century.
The Education Minister pointed out that this is the crisis they have identified from an outside perspective.