Dec 01, 2020 (LBO) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Sri Lanka today signed a US 400 million dollars loan agreement to support the country in transforming its secondary education system to align with the demand for highly skilled and agile workers who can compete in the rapidly changing global economy.
Secretary to the Ministry of Finance S. R. Attygalle signed the loan agreement for the Government of Sri Lanka and ADB Sri Lanka Resident Mission Country Director Chen Chen signed on behalf of ADB.
“We appreciate ADB’s support to Sri Lanka in meeting critical development needs while also assisting with the COVID-19 response program of the country,” said Attygalle.
The secondary education sector improvement program aims to assist about 953,000 students annually, with skills that will benefit successive generations of students.
The program will equip the young population with knowledge and skills in science, technology, mathematics, and commerce (STMC) streams, which are fields of high economic relevance for Sri Lanka.
It will enhance readiness for further education in STMC fields and foster competencies for higher productivity an adaptability.
To achieve this, the program will reform the curricula, instruction, and assessment systems to focus on practical application of knowledge and integrate cognitive and socioemotional skills.
The program also focuses on improving teaching quality and teacher training given the importance of quality of teaching and method of instruction on learning.
More than 47,000 upper secondary education teachers will be trained on inquiry-based and interactive learning approaches to increase student interest and engagement with subject content and inspire a love of learning.