Education Minister Dr. Susil Premajayantha said transportation for teachers and students will be restored by next Monday, after steps were taken to strengthen the school transportation service, by supplying fuel to school buses and vans.

He said the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) depots would be allowed to supply fuel to these vehicles. He also stressed that school attendance of teachers and students has now surpassed 80 per cent and 73 per cent, respectively.

He said new transportation services have been established twice a week as part of a formal programme, after consulting with all parties, including the SLTB, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, and private van and bus associations.

Dr. Premajayantha met Chief Incumbent of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara, Ven. Bellanwila Dhammaratana Nayaka Thera and received his blessings after taking over as Leader of the House.

Dr. Premajayantha highlighted that the students’ missed school time will be compensated for by reducing holidays, and that many of the examinations that were delayed due to the pandemic at the beginning of 2020, 2021, and 2022, have now been held, and that the rest of the examinations will be held expeditiously in the following year.

The Minister, who also commented on the imposition of Emergency Law, said Emergency Law is required at this time to stabilise the country. He said the Emergency Law had been imposed, but that all of its regulations had not been implemented uniformly, and that the country should have a government, and that if Parliament did not act to protect it, the country would not receive loan assistance or investment from foreign financial institutions.

“Political stability is required to solve the country’s burning issues, and because the Government has taken over the people’s problems, the Government has to face many complex issues in an environment where there are no cash reserves, foreign loans are not available, and there is also a global economic crisis,” he said. He added that uprisings in places like Galle Face are a big hindrance to the tourism industry, which brings in foreign exchange.

By Thameenah Razeek