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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week said that changes would be made to the process of appointing teachers to Government schools.

Wickremesinghe said that the current system where teachers are appointed by provincial and national educational authorities would be suspended.

Accordingly, the new system would allow the relevant schools to recruit the teachers.

He also said that the qualified applicants could directly go to the schools in remote areas and hand over their applications to the respective principals.

Wickremesinghe made these comments during a convocation ceremony of the National Institute of Education (NIE) last week at the BMICH.

Wickremesinghe further added that the government would introduce a law where 13 years of schooling would be compulsory for children.

“Fifty percent of children drop out from the school education at the Grade 11. This should be stopped. The government has already taken this seriously and will work towards addressing this,” he said.

He also said that the government was looking at doing away with the current process adopted to appoint principals.