The Chairperson of the Association of Denominational School Boards (ADSB) says she is pleased with the assurance that denominational school boards will be included in discussions regarding the future of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination and the Concordat.
The Education Ministry gave the assurance following criticism by the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) of the composition of the committee established to review both issues.
The committee includes Ministry officials, leading education academics, school principals, the THA, NPTA representatives, and TTUTA representatives.
While it also does include Inter-Religious Organization representatives, no representatives from any of the denominational school boards were included.
However, the ADSB Chair, Mrs Sharon Mangroo told News Power Now that the Minister has since written to explain the exclusion of Denominational representatives.
The committee is expected to review and recommend changes to the terms of the Concordat, the document which details the relationship between the Government and denominational schools.
The SDMS, RC, Presbyterian, ASJA and Anglican school boards own a combined 340 primary schools and 44 colleges across the country.
Under the current agreement, religious bodies maintain management control of denominational schools while the government pays teachers’ salaries and covers most of the cost for furniture, equipment and buildings.
Denominational Secondary schools also retain the right to select up to 20 percent of the capacity of the school’s Form 1 students regardless of those students’ performance in the annual secondary school entrance exams.
Mrs Mangroo is pleased that the Concordat is being reviewed as she suggested that the agreement in its current form benefits the Government more than it does the Denominational bodies.
Courtesy Power 102FM