Mass Recruitment Plan: Over 2,500 Teacher Assistants to Bolster Estate School Education

Education Minister Dr. Susil Premajayantha has announced plans for the recruitment of 2,535 teaching assistants for estate schools, with a gazette notification expected to be published in May. These recruits will undergo basic training before being deployed to schools to support the education system.

However, Minister Premajayantha highlighted a significant challenge: the persistent shortage of qualified teachers in estate schools due to a scarcity of eligible candidates. Even Education Colleges struggle to produce sufficient graduates, exacerbating the issue.

To address this shortfall, the Minister has urged provincial authorities in Uva and Central Provinces to explore avenues for appointing existing graduates as teachers. Additionally, the Public Service Commission has granted authorization for the recruitment of 500 more teaching assistants under the Teacher Services Act.

Those recruited through this avenue will undergo comprehensive training up to Diploma level over a three-year period at teacher centers before being assigned to schools, bolstering the educational infrastructure and enhancing learning opportunities in estate schools.

In conclusion, the initiative to recruit over 2,500 teaching assistants for estate schools marks a significant step towards addressing the persistent shortage of qualified educators in these institutions. Education Minister Dr. Susil Premajayantha's efforts to navigate the challenges of recruitment underscore the importance of bolstering the education system to ensure equal access to quality education for all students, including those in estate schools. As the recruitment process progresses and additional measures are implemented to train and deploy teaching assistants, it is hoped that the educational landscape in estate schools will see positive improvements, ultimately enriching the learning experiences of students and contributing to their academic success.