Rs. 2,700 m allocated for free textbooks
The Government has taken measures to provide 25 million free school
textbooks spending Rs.2700 million in 2009.
“Accordingly, Rs.2020 million out of Rs.2700 million will be spent
for the publication of textbooks,” Education Minister Susil
Premajayantha told the Daily News.
The Minister has instructed Education Publications Commissioner
General Jayantha Pushpakumara to streamline the distribution process of
school textbooks following a proper mechanism next year.
The Official inauguration ceremony for the distribution of textbooks
under the first phase is due to be conducted at the Education Ministry
premises on August 27. Under the first step, 354 types of textbooks will
be distributed at 1,032 centers across the country. These Centers in
turn will distribute textbooks to 364 of Divisional Education Offices
for distribution to schools islandwide.
Text books will be directly distributed to 120 national schools with
a student population of over 2,000 and to 22 private schools. Textbooks
will also be distributed to 20 Pirivenas islandwide.
In order to streamline the school textbook distribution, the Minister
has taken steps to give the authority to Chief Ministers in each
province to avoid any irregularities.
Accordingly, Minister Premajayantha has transfered the authority to
the Chief Minister of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council to handle the
textbook distribution process as a first step of the distribution
Under this scheme the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Education Ministry will
be responsible of handling textbook distribution to be provided directly
to 374,236 students of 1,114 schools in the Sabaragamuwa Province by
using funds provided by the Education Ministry.
The Minister ensured that the textbook publication process is
expected to be completed by December 11, when the school third term