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Feb 07 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is to get help from global Information Technology company Microsoft, to revamp local IT literacy skills, currently ranked lower than other South Asian countries.

Director of public sector programs for Microsoft, Vincent Quah says, the ICT literacy level among Sri Lanka’s population is around 10 to 15 percent compared to higher levels in the rest of South Asia.

œSri Lanka is definitely at a stage where it is beginning to wake up and realize that there is a need to build at the skill level in order to compete effectively, especially at the ICT level.

Among the measures taken are new ways to improve the computer literacy of schoolteachers, with the Ministry of Education tying up with Microsoft to encourage and recognize teachers who to make use of ICT in the classroom

A government survey shows that only a third of teachers or 32.5 percent of 200,000 teachers are computer literate, with a computer-literate-teacher to student ratio of 56 to one.

The ˜Innovative Teachers Competition 2007’ saw three teachers from schools in Maspanna, Bandarawela and Trincomalee emerge as winners from among 5,000 applicants.

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