Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 19:39
Teacher unions object to giving vouchers for the purchase of school uniforms
Teacher’ Associations have objected to the Education Ministry's decision to replace the issuing of uniforms with cash vouchers.
Expressing his views, Lanka Teachers Association President Joseph Stalin said issuing cash vouchers are impractical.
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Independent Teachers Association stated that there are instances for parents to exploit such cash vouchers.
The President of the Association Wasantha Handapangoda said the action would pose a threat over free education.
Secretary of the Lanka Teachers Association Mahinda Jayasinghe had this to say about the ministry's decision.
Meanwhile the ministry of Education stated that it has instructed officials to prepare for the allocation of cash vouchers instead of uniforms starting in 2016.
A ministry statement says that certain students have refused to wear uniforms as they are made of substandard material.
The ministry also stated that the new system has been introduced with the intention of cutting the costs involved in purchasing material for uniforms.