Health Ministry has arranged to train 5000 pupil nurses for the nursing Service to strengthen the free Health Service in Sri Lanka. Appointment letters for the trainees were awarded done by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Sugathadasa Stadium on 11th November 2014 at 10. a.m. Hon. Maithripala Sirisena Minister of Health also participated in this occasion. The requirement of strengthening the health services and the improvement of quality of care was identified as a timely need by the present Government.
In the year 2010, 3366 Pupil nurses were recruited and in the year 2012, 2239 pupil nurses were recruited. In the year 2013 the total recruited were 2823 while in the year 2014 2535 was recruited. This batch of 5000 pupil nurses is the highest amount in the history.