Local News from Sri Lanka: In order to meet the shortage of subject-specialist educators in domestic and provincial colleges, 4,286 graduate holders of Colleges of Education were appointed to the teaching service yesterday at a ceremony held yesterday under the patronage of the Prime Minister at Temple Trees. The state has allocated a lot of resources in the college scheme to upgrade teaching skills as the country’s future defends the quality of education. He said that to train science educators, a few more National Education Colleges should be set up.
The Prime Minister encouraged the new educators to do their utmost, as teaching was not merely a profession, but also a social service. Of these 4,286 diploma holders who have completed a three-year Diploma Program at 19 Education Colleges, 2,340 are medium Sinhala professors, 1,300 are medium Tamil professors and 646 are medium English teachers. These professors will be deployed in provincial and national classrooms to teach 31 topic streams.
During the last four years, the Ministry of Education has taken several steps to end the teacher shortage with the objective of ensuring equal education for all. Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that two more National Education Colleges will quickly be developed to provide the required teacher framework for the school system. In this respect, the Cabinet paper will quickly be presented to the Cabinet, he added.