EDUCATION MINISTRY TO CONTINUE ISSUING VOUCHERS
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.