Education Ministry considers reopening of tuition classes on Jan. 25


The Minister of Education, Prof. G. L. Peiris stated in Parliament yesterday, January 8, that giving approval to start tuition classes from January 25 will be considered.

He said that discussions will be held with the health sector in this regard and it will be implemented under a series of proper health guidelines.

The Minister was responding to a question raised by the Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa under Standing Order 27 (2) of Parliament.

The Leader of the Opposition noted that there are 300,000 tuition teachers in the country and 25,000 institutions that conduct tuition classes and that about one million direct and indirect jobs have been lost so far. He said the government should take immediate action to control the situation.

He said that by not starting tuition classes, the biggest injustice is done to the children as the online teaching system was a failure and many children were inconvenienced due to the lack of technical equipment.

If this situation continues, there is a risk of job market imbalances in the next few years due to the collapse of education, the Leader of the Opposition pointed out in Parliament.

Responding to this, the Minister of Education said that there is a great deal of confusion in the country at present and that the government is implementing a systematic program to get rid of this global problem.

The Minister said that measures are being taken stepwise to resolve the issue and that a balanced program is being implemented in the country.