A ban on tuitions on Sundays and Poya days should come into effect on July 1, the chief ministers of all provinces decided when they met for their convention at Marawila yesterday.
North Central Province Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake, spokesman for the convention, said they hoped the ban on tuition would encourage children to attend daham pasal and Sunday religious schools and take part in religious activities on these days.
The ban on Sunday will be effective until noon and on Poya days for the full day.
He pointed out that there were many instances where tuition classes were conducted inside Buddhist temples and other places of worship even on a Poya day leaving little room for religious observances.
He said parents had a key role to play in ensuring that their children attended religious classes or participated in religious observances on these days.
The countrywide ban on tuitions on Sundays and Poya days follows a decision by the new Sabaragamuwa Governor and former Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara to impose the ban in that province with immediate effect after he took over last month.