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GMOA: 500 doctors have already migrated, 800 on their way out

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Provincial hospitals face closure

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday (12) claimed that nearly 500 doctors had migrated from January to August 2022 due to the continuing economic-social-political crisis.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge, warned the trend would continue unless the government took tangible measures to arrest the situation.

The top GMOA spokesperson said the problem could not be tackled with the help of a recently-introduced scheme for public servants to obtain no pay leave to go abroad without losing their seniority.

Dr. Aluthge asserted that a recent decision to retire all public servants at the age of 60 would worsen the situation further. In case the government went ahead with the move at the end of this year, the public health system would lose about 800 doctors including about 300 specialists, the GMOA official said.

Pointing out that services at government hospitals at Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Tissamaharama were on the verge of collapse, Dr. Aluthge said that the continuing economic-social-political turmoil and ill-advised decision to retire all public servants at the age of 60 could cripple hospitals in the provinces.

The GMOA warned provincial hospitals faced closure and swift action was needed to address issues at hand. Dr. Aluthge called for urgent implementation of a special programme to encourage doctors to serve the country or prepare to face the consequences (SF)



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Six member committee appointed to inquire into Sri Lanka Cricket Team’s conduct in Australia

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Roshan Ranasinghe has appointed a six member committee headed by Retired Supreme Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena to inquire into the incidents reported against some members of the Sri Lanka Cricket team that participated at the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

 

 

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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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