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The current standing of the new National Education Policy to be presented to the Committee on Public Accounts in May

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The Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts Hon. (Prof.) Tissa Vitarana directed the Ministry of Education and the relevant authorities to submit a report to the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) governing the new National Policy on Education to be drafted by May at the COPA Committee meeting held March(23).

The Chairman added that the National Education Commission should seek the support of the relevant Ministry and all parties when formulating this policy.

University Vice Chancellors emphasized that special attention should be paid to the formulation of the new National Policy on Education regarding the elimination of harassment and ragging within the university system.

Given that the general education system is an integral part of the national development process affecting the lives of all Sri Lankans, the Committee recommended yesterday that the National Policies on School Education should be revised, amended and implemented expeditiously especially at a time as such where an acceleration of the economic development is expected.

The Committee pointed out that the unemployment rate of Art’s graduates exceeding 50 percent is problematic and that appropriate remedial action should be taken. The special audit report on Propensity to tend Education under the Arts Stream and the Unemployment of Arts Graduates was taken into discussion (23) at the COPA committee.

Ministers Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Hon. Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Hon. (Dr.) Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Hon. Prasanna Ranaweera, Members of Parliament Hon. Tissa Attanayake, Hon. Ashok Abeysinghe, Hon. Mohomad Muzammil, Hon. Niroshan Perera, Hon. (Dr.) Upul Galappaththi, Hon. Ranjith Bandara, Hon. Harini Amarasuriya, Hon. Shritharan, Hon. B. Y. G. Rathnasekara were present at the COPA Committee chaired by Hon. (Prof.) Tissa Vitarana.

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