State Minister for Higher Education Suren Raghavan announced a substantial allocation of funds for the education sector in the year 2024, emphasizing the government’s commitment to enhancing the quality and accessibility of education in Sri Lanka.
He said that a total of Rs. 255 billion will be allocated for primary and secondary education, signifying a pivotal investment in the foundational stages of learning.
In addition, a significant allocation of Rs. 210 billion has been earmarked for higher education, further underscoring the nation’s dedication to fostering advanced learning and research.
The State Minister highlighted important initiatives aimed at revolutionizing the education landscape.
He disclosed plans to appoint Deputy Vice Chancellors for all universities alongside the existing Vice Chancellors, enhancing the administrative structure and overall efficiency of higher education institutions.
State Minister Raghavan emphasized the introduction of an innovative approach to arts, humanities and social science subjects. A comprehensive analysis of these areas is set to commence, providing practical knowledge to graduates beyond traditional degrees, which is a pioneering step for Sri Lanka’s educational landscape.
In a forward-looking vision, a national higher education commission or authority is in the works, aimed at consolidating various administrative functions under one centralized body. This move is expected to streamline and optimize the administrative aspects of the higher education sector.