Education Promises

Chandi Dharmaratne

June 10, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s newly appointed higher education ministry has promised better syllabuses, elimination of ‘ragging’ of freshmen and stronger English language skills to boost the employability of graduates from state universities.

Dissanayake who is also a state university graduate and former activist, said the current academic syllabus taught at universities will be changed to make syllabi more relevant, fair, practical and up to date with the rest of the world.

Some of these syllabuses are not at satisfactory levels, Dissanayake said.

“In some of these universities nearly all students have got first and second class honours and only one has got a normal pass,” Dissanayake quipped.

“In a normal situation this can’t happen and only a few will pass with a first class, so there is something wrong with the syllabi and the education system.”

In Sri Lanka the moment degree awarding is a state monopoly.

Disssanayake said universities will also conduct a six month English course and make it final exam mandatory for entrance.

“Those who fail the exam or fail different modules of the exam will have to re-sit,” Dissanayake said.

Seniors in Sri Lanka’s universities ‘rag’ freshmen which is a form o