The Government has decided to increase the number of national schools to 1,169, under a plan which is due to be implemented during a three year period. Accordingly 796 national schools will be coming up during the period, a senior Education Ministry official said. These schools will be in addition to the existing 373 National Schools currently functioning. Under phase one of the programme 123 schools would be established this year, while the rest would be completed in the next two years. Some of the existing schools would be upgraded to national level and some new schools would also be built.
All the new national schools would be under the administration of the provincial councils. The schools would be administered by a school board and the Provincial Education Director would be the coordinator. The school principal would also be on the board, the official said. Many of the new national schools would be in the Western Province, where 209 schools would be set up as national schools and the Central Province would have 99 such schools.
The North Western Province would have 93 national schools, followed by the Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces which would have 86 national schools each. The Uva Province would have 62 National schools, followed by the Northern Province with 57. Moreover, the Eastern Province would have 55 such schools and the North Central Province 43 national schools. The Education Ministry planned to allocate Rs 1,800 million for the project.