June 28, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will start a technology stream in its secondary school system and boost facilities and teachers to increase students studying science and commerce with a 200 million US dollar Asian Development Bank program.
“The current system needs a major overhaul so that young people have the skills to enter the labor market once they move on from secondary schools, Rita O™ Sullivan, ADB’s country director in Sri Lanka said in a statement.
“This is now essential in a digital age where technological skills and knowledge are at the heart of successful and sustainable economies.”
A 200 million dollar credit will finance Sri Lanka’s Education Sector Development Program, which will introduce a technology stream to allow secondary school graduates to move more easily into vocational courses.
A national student assessment framework, which will combine school assessments with external exams will be developed.
“School facilities will be upgraded and training and placement of teachers carried out to raise the number of students studying science and commerce,” the ADB said.
“School principals and education agency staff will get training to improve school leadership, management, and planning, and