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GCE A/L - Health to be made a compulsory subject

6 June 2018 04:45 pm - 20     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


On a Cabinet decision, 'Health' will be made a compulsory subject for the GCE (A/L) examination from next year, Cabinet spokesman and Minister, Gayantha Karunatilaka said today.

He said this decision was take after considering the proposal submitted by the Committee of Experts on Educational Reforms and a proposal by Health Minister Rajitha Seneviratne.

The minister said the objective of making the Health compulsory was to create awareness among the youth about good health, diseases and their prevention and cultivating good health habits.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for a soft loan scheme of up to Rs.2 million to establish day care centers.

"With the intention of early detection and prevention of diseases, it has been proposed to purchase and install a 3-Tesla MRI scanning machine at the Maharagama National Cancer Hospital and Gamma Knife Package and PET/CT Machines at Kandy Hospital. Cabinet also approved the proposal made by the Health Minister to callfor a detailed proposal from Odelga Med. G.m.b.H. in Austria and to discuss with Unicredit Bank in Austria for providing funds for this purpose," the minister said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)


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  • Lankaboy Wednesday, 06 June 2018 05:24 PM

    These are the things they decide on cabinet meeting.?? it should be implemented by professional body under education ministry.. Do our ministers and MPs have any qualifications to understand these things.. please leave this to professional committees headed by academics

    Chari Wednesday, 06 June 2018 05:26 PM

    Stupid decision. Please do not wreck our Education as well.

    Ganesh Wednesday, 06 June 2018 08:20 PM

    Absolutely this is something humbug not for any good for anybody but got some political cronies

    Gratiaen Hewa. Wednesday, 06 June 2018 05:47 PM

    We wholeheartedly welcome the proposal of Hon.The Minister R.S for purchase of 3 9Tesla MRI Scan machines to detect the disease before we get the infection.That is prevention than cure'.This will definitely stand in good stead in him.I wish him the blessings of the Noble Tripple Gem!!!

    ANTON Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:15 PM


    Ganesh Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:30 PM

    Most of the vehicles that emit much smoke are from government departments and their families

    Dee Wednesday, 06 June 2018 08:44 PM

    Ganesh@ we are a nation which opposed an increase in the emission test. Also mix kerosene with deisel. What more are we talking. Even the polythene ban was opposed. Parking fee opposed, sugar level based tax on soft drinks opposed. We are a nation of buffaloes who want everything for free.

    channa Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:26 PM

    not AL. it should be OL

    Ganesh Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:50 PM

    There is a subject health science already .Then 10 subjects .English ,Science and maths these are subjects needed extra classes but every student goes for history Tamil Sinhala commerce ,religion health science but English. How can we compete with the world .There are professors who are not knowledgeable of English but PhD .What nonsense ,English journalists are masters in English

    Ganesh Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:26 PM

    Idiosyncratic teaching is not necessary who the fools are in the name of experts who introduce to write some books in Tamil and Sinhala. Advanced level students are already overburdened with vast curriculum barring their university entrance ignoring totally their simple General English preparation which is more vital for their employment. Thank God please make English as a compulsory subject rather than this nonsensical concept. If the English is compulsory , there will never be idiotic teachers and parliamentarians because youth will chase them to jungle . Are you going create appothecaries .

    Gratiaen Hewa Wednesday, 06 June 2018 08:42 PM

    A very good suggestion by Ganesh. English should be made compulsory. It has already reached its moribund!

    Ceylon Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:55 PM

    Took 79 years to do one right thing.make english also comparsary to uplift the poor peoples children to make speedy progress of their chosen ways.60 plus years jeousy traitors of leaders stoped english for poor children.

    Ceylon Wednesday, 06 June 2018 08:00 PM

    Make english,health,agriculture,economics,socialogy,rule of law as new subject,comparsary.without these cant live fair there any one has a little bit of brain to do it in sri lanka ???.i dont think one believe untill some one do it.

    Raj Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:25 PM

    GMOA you got something to organise another STRIKE.

    Gummay Baiya Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:25 PM

    What a bad decision. This is what happens when buffaloes get lazy in plowing our fields, and instead, end up in parliament. Health science was a subject when I sat for my O/Levels. We did not have text books or teachers who knew the subject well enough to teach. My parents could not afford tuition classes for me.

    Kumar Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:01 PM

    The proposed subject should, instead, be called Medicine.This would go a long way in demystifying the doctors who are fooling the world as medical experts.

    Samey Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:09 PM

    This is a stupid decision. Just going to add burden to students

    lal_senarath Thursday, 07 June 2018 07:32 AM

    Please don't destroy the country further. The cent destruction is bad enough! Main reason other than religion is education. Teach children, but not to sit for exams. They should learn to be complete human beings! Exams won't do it. It will do the reverse. If children don't learn without exams, something is seriously wrong with either the children or method of teaching. Try and think. Teachers should be more smart than the children or else children won't care the teachers, and as a result won't learn.

    joshua Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:25 AM

    This is the cabinet decision. It is not A/L it is O/L6. Make the Subject Health compulsory in GCE (O/L) examination (Document No.22)Considering the proposal submitted by the Committee of Experts on Educational Reforms, Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made Hon. Rajitha Senevirathna, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine to make the Subject Health compulsory in GCE (O/L) examination. The proposal will be implemented subject to the approval of National Education Commission.

    Sangaralingham Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:45 AM

    Good idea. Teachers must be competent wise honest prepare answer questions from students. When I was a student we were taught public health Hygreine which is senior school certificate exam

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