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Oral Questions - Wednesday 4th November 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Wednesday 4th November 2009



1.    0294/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs, –

a)    Is he aware that every country had to make a claim for its sea bed rights before the 15th of May, 2009?

Answer:

Yes


b)    Will he inform this House whether the Ministry has done so?

Answer:

Yes.


c)    If so, will he table the request made to the relevant International Body?

Answer:

Yes. Tabled the “Continental Shelf Submission of Sri Lanka”


d)    Will he further state –

(i)    the new territory claimed in square kilometers; and

Answer:

The area claimed under the Legal Continental Shelf Submission is approximately around 25 times of the size of Sri Lanka’s land mass (1,725,800 sq. kms. of the seabed area). However, precise outer-limit will be determined on the basis of the technical and scientific data provided in Sri Lanka’s submission by the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

(ii)    the date that it would get officially ratified by the United Nations or the relevant World Body?

Answer:

According to the report of the 19th State Parties meeting held in New York from 22-26 June 2009, Sri Lanka’s submission is likely to be taken for consideration by the Commission for the Limits of the Continental Shelf around 2025. Many State Parties including Sri Lanka have expressed dissatisfaction at the long delay in the scheduling of hearings of the Commission. As this issue includes financial implications, a working group is being constituted by the UN to address this. Sri Lanka will actively participate at the meetings of the State Parties Working Group, with a view to having the proceedings expedited.


e)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise.




2.    0534/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake,—To ask the Minister of Education, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of schools that are operative at Provincial level and National level as at;
01st July 2009
01st July 2002
01st July 1995; and

Answer:

July 1st 2009
National Schools – 333
Provincial Schools – 9,329

July 1st 2002
National Schools – 323
Provincial Schools – 9,506

July 1st 1995
National Schools – 184
Provincial Schools – 10,085


(ii)    the number of teachers as at today along with the amount ofsalaries separately as Provincial level and National level?

Answer:

Western (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 7,857
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 2,131,347,768.00

Western (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 33,490
Amount for Salaries – Rs, 8,808,199,596.00

Central (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 4,245
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 1,131,086,676.00

Central (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 33,490
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 6,852,547,656.00

Southern (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 6,289
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 1,675,638,360.00

Southern (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 23,328
Amount for Salaries – 5,913,998,076.00

Northern (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 965
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 2240,801,912.00

Northern (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 11,272
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 2,913,487,716.00

Eastern (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 2,084
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 540,000,252.00

Eastern (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 15,491
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 3,770,029,644.00

North Western (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 3,545
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 951,682,356.00

North Western (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 23,478
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 6,140,572,824.00

North Central (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 1,025
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 257,892,480.00

North Central (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 13,094
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 2,944,136,952.00

Uva (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 2,615
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 702,683,436.00

Uva (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 14,744
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 3,420,456,672.00

Sabaragamuwa (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 3,005
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 806,387,892.00

Sabaragamuwa (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 18,886
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 4,707,716,268.00

Sri Lanka (National Schools)
No. of Teachers – 31,629
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 8,437,521,132.00

Sri Lanka (Provincial Schools)
No. of Teachers – 191,054
Amount for Salaries – Rs. 45,471,145,404.00


b)    Will he state the student to teacher ratio?

Answer:

1 : 18


c)    Will he also state the number of children admit to Grade 1 classes annually for the last 5 years?

Answer:

Year – 2004
No. of Students admitted to Grade I – 303,269

Year – 2005
No. of Students admitted to Grade 1 – 319,078

Year – 2006
No. of Students admitted to Grade 1 – 322,431

Year – 2007
No. of Students admitted to Grade 1 – 332,200

Year – 2008
No. of Students admitted to Grade 1 – 326,447


d)    If not, why?

Answer:

No relevant.