Friday, October 12, 2012

Cabinet Decision - Matters pertaining to Education and Higher Education

The Office of the Cabinet of Ministers, Cabinet Decision taken on 2012-08-29

Matters pertaining to Education and Higher Education 42. - Cabinet of Ministers endorsed the views expressed in the joint Memorandum by Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development and Hon. S.B. Dissanayaka, Minister of Higher Education, that the Academia of the Universities be treated as a special category, so that those with excellent academic career can be retained in the Universities and also intelligentia serving overseas can be induced to return to the country. Cabinet also decided to appoint a High Powered Committee to monitor the implementation of the proposals agreed between the University academic staff and the authorities concerned. Since, the intention of the Government is to develop Sri Lanka as a knowledge hub, the proposal made in the Memorandum to set up a Presidential Commission to make recommendations on reforms that should be introduced to the entire education system and on measures that should be adopted to retain the autonomy of Universities, was also endorsed. It was also agreed that there should be an effective dialogue with the University Academia and acknowledged the need for making University Academia active players of the development strategy of the government.

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