Rs 65B from Indian credit line for material to print text books

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Rs 65 billion from the Indian Credit Line will be utilised to import paper and other required material to print school textbooks and exercise books, within the next three weeks, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said.

He said, assessing the required paper, ink and similar materials and stocks, relevant details have already been submitted to the Ministry of Trade, the Treasury and to the Indian High Commission in Colombo.

He said, though paper was earlier manufactured at the Embilipitiya and Valachchenai paper factories, now the Government was compelled to import these materials.

The Minister was speaking to the media in Kandy yesterday (15). Premajayantha insisted that the G.C.E. O/L and A/L examinations will definitely be held during the course of this year. He said the results of these examinations will also be released without undue delay.

However, the Minister said a survey would be carried to assess how much of the AL syllabus was covered prior to the examination and that question papers will be based on this assessment.

He confirmed that the Ministry will  conduct workshops islandwide for A/L students during August and September.     

BY K.L. Suraweera (Kandy)