The Ministry of Education will issue the revised Circular pertaining to admitting students to Grade 1 in 2023, today (15) or tomorrow (16).
Cabinet approved adhering to the provisions mentioned in the Circular on Monday (13).
The Ministry prepared a revised Circular based on information provided by various parties, including principals, the Circular revision committee, the Ministry’s Investigation division, the Bribery and Corruption Investigation Commission, the Elections Commission, and Court decisions.
According to Education Minister Susil Premajayantha, admission to intermediate classes of 35 leading national schools has been halted until the ongoing audit investigations into violations of circulars with regard to the number of students that could be admitted to a classroom. Premajayantha said there are 393 national schools in the country and 35 of them are leading schools in main cities. “In recent years, some schools have violated circulars by exceeding the number of students allowed in a classroom.
Thus, the Auditor General has been directed to conduct an audit on the admission of students to intermediate classes of these schools during the last 18 months. So, there is no room at present to enrol children in intermediate classes at any of these schools, until the audit is concluded and we make a policy decision,” he said.