Dr. (Mrs.) Jayanthi Gunasekara
Dr. (Mrs.) Jayanthi Gunasekara received her B.Sc. from the University of Peradeniya and later she received her postgraduate Dip. in Statistics at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Postgraduate Dip. in Edu. & Psychological Assessment from the University of Colombo. She also received her Postgraduate Dip in Education from the National Institute of Education topping in the batch and winning a Gold medal.
She won a World Bank scholarship to followed M.A. in Educational Planning & Economics at the Institute of Education of the University of London. Finally, she completed her Ph.D. in 2004 at the same university, winning the runner up award for the Best Doctoral Theses Award from the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society. (BELMAS)
Dr. Gunasekara started her career as a Mathematics teacher. Later she joined the UNDP-UNESCO Quality Improvement of General Education Project under the Ministry of Education where she contributed to develop a new curriculum for Life Skills Education.
She joined the Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service and subsequently released to the National Institute of Education (NIE) as a Project Officer at the Department of Mathematics with the first batch of academic officers of NIE. Later she was promoted as the Chief project Officer in the Department of Technical Education. Then she was promoted as the Director (Planning) and subsequently promoted as Assistant Director General for the faculty of Research, Planning and Teacher Education. Finally she was appointed for the post of Deputy Director General of the NIE.
After completing 26 years of service at the NIE, she joined the National Education Commission as the Vice Chairperson in 2013 and finally assumed duties as the Director General of the National Institute of Education in March, 2016.