The Ministry of Education in the Central Province has taken action against 10 teachers who conducted private tutoring classes for students from their own classes in violation of a circular issued by the Central Province. These teachers have been transferred to other schools as a result.
In response to concerns raised, the Central Provincial Education Secretary, Menaka Herath, has initiated a special task force to investigate and identify teachers who are conducting tutoring classes in defiance of the circular.
While the circular applies to provincial council schools, it is reported that some teachers in national schools continue to offer support classes to their students.
The Ministry of Education in the Central Province decided to prohibit teachers from conducting private tutoring classes for students from their own classes within their school. This decision was made in response to complaints about certain teachers allegedly pressuring parents by giving higher marks to students who attended their private classes and answered school-level question papers.
Despite the circular, the ministry has reported that some teachers are attempting to collaborate with parents to continue their private tutoring activities.