ED­U­CA­TION MIN­ISTRY TO CON­TINUE IS­SU­ING VOUCH­ERS

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - CONTD. FROM -

A se­nior of­fi­cial of the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry said the lo­cal sup­pli­ers had failed to sup­ply the re­quired stock of fab­ric for school uni­forms to the Min­istry and there was no time to im­port them ei­ther.

“The other rea­son is that we don’t have a proper pro­gramme to is­sue school uni­forms as it is a long process. Sud­den change of the sys­tem can­not be car­ried out with­out a proper pro­gramme. There are no of­fi­cials to is­sue or­ders or take or­ders,” he said.

Mean­while, for­mer Ed­u­ca­tion Minister Ak­ila Vi­raj Kariyawasam said the voucher sys­tem to pur­chase school uni­forms was in­tro­duced to res­cue the ‘Free School Uni­form’ Pro­gramme from the clothes mafia and the new sys­tem not only saved Rs.8 bil­lion to the gov­ern­ment but ben­e­fited 4.2 mil­lion stu­dents.

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