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Concern over unpaid damages

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By Ifham Nizam

The owners of the gutted MT New Diamond’ crude oil tanker have paid Rs. 442 million as cost incurred by the Sri Lankan government in fighting the major fire aboard the vessel, but officials attached to the marine and biodiversity divisions express concern over some four billion rupees to be paid for damage caused to the country’s marine environment.

Attorney General’s coordinating officer Nishara Jayaratne said the actual expenses incurred by the government stakeholders in controlling the fire onboard the ship was Rs. 442 million. It however did not include the cost of marine pollution caused by the oil spill from the vessel, she said.

More than 10 Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) have died in some parts of the country since Sunday and the death rate was increasing, a senior officer at the Wildlife Department said.

The Department on Monday handed over five dead turtles to the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala, after obtaining a Court order from the Mount Lavinia Magistrate to investigate the cause of their deaths.

A senior official said that it was too soon to connect the recent oil spill in the eastern Sri Lankan waters as the major cause athough there was a high probability.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Colombo, as exclusively reported in The Island Friday edition, granted permission to the owners of the ‘MT New Diamond’ to tow the vessel away from Sri Lankan maritime border.

 

 



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SJB MP: Most parents have to choose between food and children’s education

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By Saman Indrajith

Most Sri Lankan parents are compelled to choose between food for their families and their children’s eduction, SJB Matale District MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathne told Parliament yesterday.

Only a few parents were able to feed and educate their children the MP said, participating in the debate on Budget 2023 under the expenditure heads of Ministries of Education and Women and Child Affairs.

“An 80-page exercise book costs Rs. 200. A CR book costs Rs 560. A pencil or pen costs Rs 40. A box of colour pencils costs Rs 570 while a bottle of glue costs Rs 150. If the father is a daily wage earner he has to spend one fourth of his salary on a box of colour pencils for his child. A satchel now costs around Rs 4,000. A pair of school shoes is above Rs 3,500. The Minister of Education knows well how many days a child could use an 80-page exercise book for taking notes. Roughly, stationery cost is around Rs 25,000 to 30,000 per child, MP Wijerathne said, adding that only Rs. 232 billion had been allotted for the Ministry of Education by Budget 2023.

“After paying salaries of teachers and covering officials’ expenses, etc., there will be very little left for other important matters,” the MP said, noting that Sri Lanka would soon be known as the country that made the lowest allocation of funds for education in the South Asian region.

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All crises boil down to flaws in education system, says Dullas

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By Saman Indrajith

All the crises Sri Lanka was beset with were due to the country’s outdated education system, MP Dullas Alahapperuma told Parliament yesterday.

“The political and economic crisis we are facing is the direct result of our education,” he said.

The Sri Lankan education system had not changed with global developments. Our system is not even geared for employment. Our examination system is antiquated and our classrooms are in the 19th Century.

However, the students belong to the 21st century. How can you cater to 21st Century children under an outdated system?” he queried.

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President: SL should tap its potential to become education hub in region

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By Saman Indrajith

Sri Lanka has the potential to become a regional education hub, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said addressing a Committee Stage debate of the 2023 Budget in parliament yesterday.The President said that the way schools are conducted will change in the next 25 years.

“In 25 years, there may not be physical universities. That actually makes it easier for us to become a regional hub of education,” he said.

Wickremesinghe said a large number of students leave the country for higher education. Around three billion US dollars is sent out of the country for foreign education, he said.

The President said that if Sri Lanka becomes a regional hub for education the country can earn about USD 10 billion.

“I urge the National Council and other Parliamentary Committees to look into this,” he said.

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