May 27, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has started testing mathematics e-learning programs in the country’s school system to decide whether such courses should be used throughout the country, the Asian Development Bank said. Sri Lanka has a state-run school system with a centralized curriculum, and the Asian Development Bank.
Courses from Khan Academy, a non-profit web-based learning resource that attracts millions of viewers worldwide founded by a US born South Asian, and MathCloud, founded by a South Korean, is being used in the study.
The courses have been translated with a 725,000 dollar grant from ADB and are being trialed in 40 schools.
“Boosting mathematics skills and critical thinking is essential in today™s modern world,” Sungsup Ra, Director in the Asian Development Bank™s (ADB) South Asia Department said in a statement.
“Computer technologies can complement regular classroom teaching in a way that can bring everyone up to international levels in an individual way.”
Following a six month trial, student performance will be assessed.
In Sri Lanka, around half of 16-year-olds have to retake the exams