By Rose Kenny
Education Minister Dallas Alahapperuma assured students that school uniforms for 2020 would be provided to them at the commencement of the first term in 2020, instead of the vouchers granted by the previous government.
He said this matter would be submitted to the Cabinet at its inaugural meeting tomorrow (27).
The third term for 2019 will end in three more days, but measures had not been taken to provide school uniforms for 2020 prior to the end of this term. The entire responsibility for this lapse should be accepted by the Education Ministry, the Education Ministry said in a media release.
The Presidential Commission had received complaints regarding the government’s decision to award vouchers instead of the uniform material, which had cost the government extra. However, there was no decision taken on whether the uniform material or vouchers would be given in the future.
As a result, as vouchers had been given instead of uniform materials the previous year, the previous government had presented a Cabinet paper to issue vouchers for 2020 as well, but no decision had been taken.