School admission 2010:
New formula ready
The Government yesterday decided to make several amendments to the
Year One school admission formula to undo the injustice caused to the
children who are living close to popular schools from next year.
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a memorandum submitted by
Education Minister Susil Premajayantha to amend the existing Year One
school admission formula to provide a wider opportunity to the children
living close to the schools.
“The Government has accommodated a special place for the children of
public servants, expatriate workers and past pupils in the amended
formula which will be effective from next year.
“Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena at the weekly Cabinet press
briefing yesterday said the children who are living in close proximity
to schools will be given 50 percent of marks while the children of past
students will receive 25 percent of marks at the interview.
“The Minister in the Cabinet Memorandum has also proposed to grant 10
percent of marks to the children of public servants and expatriate
workers at the Year One admission interviews. According to Minister
Lakshman Yapa, 15 percent marks will be given to children if their
brothers or sisters are studying in the same school.
The Cabinet of Ministers has also granted permission to fill existing
principal vacancies in 86 National schools islandwide in compliance with
the Public Service Commission guidelines.
The Minister said the Ministry will follow the marking scheme
approved by the PSC in selecting the right persons to hold these
These positions have been vacant for a number of years.