UGC Act to be amended
By Thameenah Razeek
Steps would be taken to amend the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act in the near future with a view to creating employment opportunities and local education standards that match foreign economies, focusing on localism, Education Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said.
The Minister was speaking at a special workshop, held recently at the Tangerine Hotel, Kalutara, on the training of principals and teachers under the theme ‘Igenumata Aramunak – Wruththiya Mang Pethak’ (An objective for the Education – A path for the job market.
The Minister pointed out that instead of sending unskilled labourers abroad, education should be modernised, so that more skilled workers can be produced through local education. He also said that the local education system should not create robots, but should build physically and mentally healthy children who can work without stress in future.
Speaking further he said 76.3 per cent of schools in the country have less than 500 students and although there are 35 children in those schools, the Government should provide teachers and other facilities to those schools, regardless of the number of students there.