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Fee based tuition in Uva, banned from today

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Fee-based tutoring classes conducted for children in Grades 1 – 5 in primary schools in the Uva Province by teachers after school hours on weekends or holidays are completely banned from today (22).

The Provincial Education Ministry has the Provincial Education Director, Regional Education Directors and Principals in writing the banning of conducting such classes, through Circular number 02/2023.

The Ministry has decided to take disciplinary action against teachers who do not comply with the provisions and has also taken steps to deploy investigation teams.

The decision was taken due to complaints by the Uva Province Governor and the Ministry claiming that school teachers ignore the children in the school classrooms who did not attend their extra classes.

“The children as well as their parents have suffered psychological distress and financial hardships due to various pressures and mental pressures,” the Governor said.

Accordingly, on the instructions of Uva Province Governor A.J.M. Muzammil, Provincial Education Secretary Gamini Mahindapala Jopias has taken a decision to ban the classes to give every child in the province the basic right to quality education in schools.

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Former Minister Ronnie de Mel no more

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Former Minister – Ronnie de Mel has passed away today (27) while being treated at a private hospital, reports say.

He was aged 99 years old.A former civil servant, he was the Minister of Finance from 1977 – 1988 under the United National Party government and holds the record for the largest number of budgets presented by a finance minister.

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NPP to also back NCM against Speaker

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The National People’s Party (NPP) has also decided to back the No Confidence Motion against Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kieirella, Professor G. L. Peiris, Tissa Attanayake, Chandima Weerakkody, Shan Wijayalal de Silva, and others have signed the motion on behalf of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and Samagi Jana Alliance.

Meanwhile, Dullas Alahapperuma, the leader of the Freedom People’s Congress has also said that they would back the NCM.

Yesterday (26), the Uttara Lanka Sabhagaya had stated they would back the motion as well. 

The motion cites several reasons, including the Speaker’s failure to appropriately present the amendments proposed by the Supreme Court for the Online Safety Bill before its passage. 

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Muthukumarana to take up Uddika Premarathne’s MP seat

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S.C. Muthukumarana is set to be named to the Parliamentary seat  left vacant after the resignation of Anuradhapura District MP – Uddika Premarathne.

It is reported that the Secretary General of Parliament – Mrs. Kushani Rohanadheera has informed of this to the Election Commission, in accordance with Section 64(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act No. 1 of 1981.

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