Expenditure heads of the Ministry of Education and State Ministries of Women and Child Development, Pre-Schools and Primary Education, Education Reforms, Skills Development, and Dhamma Schools were passed in Parliament today.
Day eight of the Committee Stage Debate of the 2022 Budget took place between 10am and 5pm today.
Speaking during the Budget debate, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella requested the introduction of a new programme to enable Members of Parliament to undertake higher studies.
Speaking in Parliament, MP Lakshman Kiriella said the entire country has been discussing the educational qualifications of MPs and therefore those in the House must be given an opportunity to pursue higher studies.
He said MPs are elected since they possess certain leadership qualities or special skills and therefore, they should also be given a pathway where they can complete higher studies at either the law college or at a selected university.
MP Lakshman Kiriella noted that even in the 1970s, they had similar programmes where Parliamentarians received the opportunity to enter law college without having to sit for the entrance exams.
He said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was one of the beneficiaries of that programme.
MP Lakshman Kiriella noted that therefore the young MPs from both the government and the opposition should be given the opportunity to pursue higher education at selected universities or at the law college.
Minister Dullas Alahapperuma meanwhile says providing sign-language interpretation of the 2022 Budget debate is another step in the right direction. He said for the first time the Budget debate is being televised with a sign-language interpreter.
Minister Alahapperuma said however a blind child cannot sit for an exam through the braille system in any institutions other than at the School For The Deaf And Blind. He said even there, blind kids cannot sit for the Advanced Level examination.
The Minister said this should not be the message the country should be given to society in the 21st century.
He, therefore, called for major reforms in the education system. The Minister requested the Minister of Education to look into the education needs of the differently-abled.