Education Direction

June 11, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state education system is in the process of changing its structure from an exam centric one to a more interactive learning system, the island’s education minister said. “There should be a structural change in the education system to help with the employment requirements of the country,” minister Bandula Gunawardena said.

“There should have about 25 percent of students qualifying from the arts stream (at university entrance level), 35 percent from the commerce stream and 45 percent from the science.”

At present over 50 percent of students in the tax payer funded education system study in the arts stream in the Advanced Level or the final two years in high school because there is a lack of science medium teachers outside the main cities, he said.

Minister Gunawardene said a new technical curriculum will be added to the Advanced Level stream.

“There is also a lack in information and communication technology skills in students,” he said.

“ICT skills should be at about 75 percent and with this in mind a new set of technical subjects will also be added on to the AL stream very soon to help fill a gap in the employment field.”

Minister Gunawarden