The Education Ministry has made significant progress: Akbar
June 17, 2019 4:15 pm
The Education Ministry has made significant progress in the past five years.
Minister responsible, Rosy Akbar says they’ve seen an increase in the number of students enrolling in schools, following the introduction of the Free Education Scheme.
Akbar says amongst the progress – they’ve identified some unscrupulous practices.
The Ministry says there have been incidents where people are abusing student’s e-ticket bus cards.
“The Ministry and Vodafone deal with 1000 e-tickets being lost in a week or 42, 000 tickets lost in an academic year is lost. The total number of students benefitting from the transport assistance is well over a hundred thousand. Yet we have to replace forty-two thousand e-ticket a year. The policy of free replacement was changed last year to one replacement at no cost and after that, the parents have to pay five dollars. How much time and money is wasted in replacing 1000 e-tickets a week?”
Speaking in parliament this afternoon, Akbar reveals the number of enrollments in tertiary institutions has also increased. From 5940 in 2014 to 25,471 this year.
She also highlighted that the number of employed teachers has increased to 13589, an increase of 30 percent.