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Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena yesterday said his Ministry will recruit 6,600 teachers to meet the teacher shortage in the Western Province as well as in rural areas. They will be deployed before the next school term begins.
Minister Gunawardena addressing a press conference stated that this decision was aimed at overcoming the teacher shortage for Advanced Level subjects in the English medium and teachers to teach aesthetic subjects.
He stated that for the first time 554 teachers will be recruited to teach Advance Level subjects in the English medium. The applications were called from graduates who have completed their degrees in the English medium and the examination will be held next Sunday. Arrangements have been made with the Examinations Department for paper markings to be completed within five days to expedite the recruitment.
Minister Gunawardena referring to the aesthetic subject teacher shortage, stated that President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Finance Minister has granted approval to recruit 3,174 teachers. The gazette notification is to be published today for applications to recruit music, art and dancing teachers.
The Minister further stated that the government will recruit 2,900 College of Education diploma holders and to deploy them by the next school term.
Minister Gunawardena stated that as a measure to enhance the education qualitatively the Ministry will conduct seminars on Saturdays aimed at Ordinary Level and Advance Level Examinations with the support of the Examination Department and National Institute of Education.
The seminars for the O/L examination will commence on Septembers 11 and on all Saturdays thereafter until December. They will be held specially at National schools and the students in neighbouring schools can participate in the seminars with their teachers.
One full day is fixed for a single subject to be conducted from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Model question papers and the materials will be provided by the Examination Department in CD form.
The seminars for the Advance Level 2011 will commence on Saturdays in February and continue till July. Seminars in all the streams (Science, Art and Commerce) will be conducted.
Commissioner General of Examinations Anura Edirisinghe, Education Ministry Secretary Sunil S. Sirisena and Additional Secretary Mohamed Thambi were also present.
Posted on Friday, July 16, 2010 @ 11:01:22 LKT by SaNDuN