The Council of Legal Education - Sri Lanka Law College
The Council of Legal Education (CLE) was established in 1873 and the Sri Lanka Law College was established under the CLE in 1874 in order to impart a formal legal education to those who wished to be lawyers.
- Admission consequent to entrance examination
- Admission of Law graduates of Sri Lankan and foreign Universities
- Admission of members of the legal profession of commonwealth countries
The Piriven education has been in existence even during the time of Lord Buddha. The ‘Gira Sandeshaya’ mentions the piriven education of the Dambadeni and Kotte eras. Ven. Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula thero of Vijeyaba Pirivena who knew six languages and Ven. Vidagama Mithreeya Thero were from Vidagama Danananda Pirivena.
The faded piriven education was reformed during the era of Velivita Sri Saranankara Thero at Niyamakanda Vidysthanaya in Kandy. Later this was started in Pelmadulla and in Ratmalana. Ven Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero who learnt from Rathmalana started the Vidyodaya Pirivena in Maligakanda in 1873. In 1875 Ven Sammaloka Thero of Rattmalana started the Halbarawa Vidyalankara Pirivena. Today there are 640 centres for Piriven education.
Primary / Secondary Education
This education system has been formalized by the piriven act (Piriven Panatha) of 1979 and the list of orders of 1980 (Piriven Niyogamalawa). The Piriven branch of the Ministry of Education has been appointed for its administration. The pirivens consist of three main categories;
- Primary piriven – From year one to year five. (394 institutes across the country)
- Maha Piriven – Secondary education – From year one to five and six to twelve. (168 institutes )
- Vidyayathana Piriven (45 institutes)
Through this institute Clergy and others too can get higher education and need to qualify at least up to year five. Education for postgraduate is also studies available.