Speaking at a press conference the former Education Minister stated that the cabinet paper, submitted by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, states that there are 80 government approved private schools under the purview of the ministry and that in the event an approved private school seeks permission to expand branches, it could set up a maximum of 5 branches.
MP Bandula Gunawardana told the news conference that if one private school was each allowed to set up five branches, there would be 400 private schools across the country.
He further stated that government approved private schools are managed by a board of authorities and such schools do not provide any information or financial reports requested by the school section of the Ministry of Education. They are maintained as super luxury schools.
“This is a betrayal of those who can’t afford to send their children to private schools and a move to privatise free education. We condemn this move and urge the President to suspend this cabinet paper,” he said.