May 22, 2020

Pavithra, Dulles giving more prominence to private tuition? Featured

Ministers of Education and Health, Dulles Alahapperuma and Pavithra Wanniarachchi are facing allegations of paving the path to re-commence private tuition classes even before schools are reopened.

Chief Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers' Union - Joseph Stalin said that both of them have given more prominence to private tutors rather than discussing the reopening of schools with educationalists, principals, teachers and teachers' unions.

It is said that this is because private tutors have strongly given their backing when bringing Gotabaya Rajapaksa into power as president.

Accordingly, the present regime is providing a 'legal status' to private tuition, and in return, these tutors are using this status for their own propaganda, Stalin says.

Earlier this month, popular tuition master Tissa Jananayake had added a post to his Facebook account on his meeting with Education minister Dulles Alahapperuma and Health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

Rs. 2,000 - 4,000 for an hour of online tuition

Meanwhile, 'Sri Lanka MIrror' learns that tuition teachers are taking up distance learning methods at the present, while fees range from Rs. 2,000 - 4,000 per hour.

No online access if fees not paidAlso, students of private schools have given access to online education only if school fees are paid in full, reports say.

Directives to restart tuition

Meanwhile, the 'Aruna' newspaper reports that the Health minister has urged health officials to provide health guidelines to restart private tuition classes.

This is an aftermath of a meeting between the Health minister and a group of private tuition teachers, reports add.

Accordingly, work has commenced to formulate a set of guidelines, deputy Director General - Dr. Lakshman Gamlath said.

Although this is being done, the guidelines can be applied only after the government approves to restart private tuition classes, Dr. Gamlath has emphasised.