Budget 2022: Additional allocation of Rs 5.3B for national schools
A proposal to make an additional allocation of Rs 5,300 million for the development of national schools was made during the budget speech presented in Parliament last week. Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa told Parliament Rs. 2,200 million has been allocated through the Appropriation Bill to establish 1,000 new national schools, and the programme is expected to be completed by implementing the funds expeditiously within the next three years. “To accelerate the programme and for other developments in the education sector, I propose to include an allocation of Rs. 5,300 million as a budget proposal in addition to the already made allocation,” the Finance Minister said in his speech. “With the objective of making rural schools attractive, the programme to establish 1,000 national schools is implemented as a priority development project of the Government by establishing national schools in 123 Divisional Secretary’s Divisions where there is currently no national school and uplifting the facilities of existing secondary schools,” the Finance Minister said. Thereby class rooms, desks, chairs, toilets, drinking water, electricity, renovation of teachers’ quarters, provision of school instruments, laboratory building and required equipment, aesthetic units and required facilities will be provided and reforms will be introduced to maintain technical subject stream, he added. He also said an allocation of Rs. 2,000 million in addition to the already made allocation to provide facilities for technical and technological education and city universities and to improve the existing facilities for vocational and technical skills after school education, is expected to take place. He also said special attention has been paid to skills-based education and sports fa c i l i t i e s, by improving on human resource development.