National schools increased to 1,000
The Government has decided to increase the number of national schools to 1,000 and to expeditiously develop some of the existing national schools which do not have adequate facilities. Decisions pertaining to the welfare of the public and progress of society were discussed during a meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and State Ministers at the Presidential Secretariat recently.
It was decided to appoint District Educational Committees (DECs) to develop the school network. It was also decided to strengthen the liaison between zonal offices and divisional offices. Politicians now have the opportunity to contribute to any activity that will ensure the progress of the school system except the transfer of teachers and admission of students. Attention was drawn to appoint acting Principals to fill existing vacancies in Principal grades and that teaching examinations should be held once a year according to Teacher Service regulations.
The main reason for vacancies in posts of Principal was due to the failure to conduct these examinations in a methodical manner, the President said. It was also decided to explore the possibility of appointing competent and experienced teachers in schools as acting Principals. Flooding in urban areas during the rainy season was another topic taken up for discussion. Even a minor rain would inundate the City of Colombo. “We introduced a permanent solution to this problem. It was not operative during the last five years and the issue remains.
The reason for the non implementation is because responsibilities revolve round several institutions ,” the President said, noting the significance of avoiding such weaknesses and resolving these issues immediately. While taking issues related to the medical field into consideration, they discussed the need to amend the Medical Ordinance. The implementation of a proper procedure in importing medicine and amendments in regulations for import were agreed during the discussion.
"We are capable of not only meeting local medical requirements but also could claim a share in the global supply. We have investors standing by,” Head of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival, Basil Rajapaksa said.
The need to implement more effective measures to control the illicit drug trade while establishing civil defence committees to assist the exercise of eradicating the drug menace was extensively didcussed.
The President also pointed out the importance of a public service that could actively contribute to the development process while improving the efficiency of their service. Some officials are afraid to take decisions and this situation must be changed, President Rajapaksa emphasised, pointing out the need for politicians and State officials to work together to make the public service more efficient and streamlined.