GL Peris says that the government is in the view that the Madrasa schools should have the same freedom of education as other government schools, private schools and international schools in the country.
This question is being asked by Mr. Kavinda Jayawardena about our position regarding Madrasa schools. The answer to that is, we do not follow a policy of classifying each school as such and restricting them to one category. There are government schools, private schools, and international schools. The general policy we follow is to provide an education which should be free, no matter what kind of school.
However, in providing that education, we must respect the Constitution of this country and our legal system without violating them.
The Ministry of Education on behalf of the government oversees any regulation in this regard. That is the policy we follow for all schools, ”he said.
Minister GL Peiris was responding to a question in Parliament yesterday (20).
He also said that the curriculum approved by the government for these Madrasa schools did not contain any extremist material and that intelligence units would be deployed to search for lecturers coming from foreign countries to teach in these schools.
Kavinda Jayewardene recalled the strong opposition of the SLPP to these Madrasa schools last year, especially after the Easter attacks, and said that he had raised the issue to clarify it and thanked the Minister for giving a direct answer.