News from Sri Lanka: Development
Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam’s proposal to establish a service institute for monitoring and quality development of the education system was approved by the Cabinet.
Minister Kariyawasam got permission from the Cabinet for his proposition to monitor educational standards in schools throughout the country through a service body called the’ Sri Lankan Educational Monitoring Service (SLEMS).’ SLEMS ‘ primary function will be to preserve quality standards and accreditation in the state school system.
Minister Kariyawasam told that the state school system in the country required a catalyst at domestic level in the form of a mechanism such as SLEMS to encourage fresh projects and reforms to enhance and advance the quality of secondary education. SLEMS will be empowered to create suggestions on their growth and accreditation to the Ministry of Education for the required changes to the school system, he said.
The Ministry will appoint an experienced senior expert in the field of education with the permission of the Cabinet as SLEMS ‘ chief executive, he said.