NEC proposes School education be truncated at Gr. 12

2017-04-13 06:02:33

The National Education Commission appointed to make policy proposals on education has proposed that the school education be truncated at Grade 12 and admit children to school at the age of 4+ as a move to minimise unruly behaviour among adult students.

Commission Chairman Prof. Lakshman Jayathilake said in Grade 13, children were adults of 18 years which was not good for maintaining discipline in school.

"We have made a suggestion that school should be truncated at Grade 12 and add a year as pre-school or kindergarten to admit children at the age of 4+. This must be the primary school or a separate entity run by the government. These are internationally accepted standards, he said.

He said children were admitted to school at the age of 4 years in other countries and added that early stage of education was most effective in inculcating educational behaviours.

"In other countries, children are admitted at the age of 4 years and educated by very qualified teachers who know child psychology. They have small classes in that age so that they are given a good start in life. Early stage of education is very effective in teaching children socialising and adopting to situations etc.," he said.

He said they submitted its proposals on General Education policy proposals including the above to the President and the Prime Minister recently.

Prof. Jayathilake said both President and the Prime Minister agreed to submit their set of proposals to the Cabinet as an action plan and to work collaboratively with relevant sections such as Education Ministry, National Institute of Education, Department of Publications and the Examinations Department.

He said the commission conducted a research on present requirements, issues in education system and future needs when drafting the proposals.

He said their proposals underpinned education psychology for the country, school facilities and infrastructure and arrangement. (Ajith Siriwardana)


  Comments - 29

  • mnsmart Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:20

    Good move, now the little ones are more intelligent and early start will be a benefit

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    ANTON Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:37


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    saman Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:40

    Will it reduce the competition? No. It will reduce the childhood of our children by one year.

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    dushan Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:45

    Finnish education system is one of the best in the world. They start the school at the age of 5

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    brainmaster Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:19

    Im not sure if this is a positive move. First the whole schooling system has to be revoked. We are so backwards. And the teachers have to be better paid and much better trained. via DM Android App

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    Daham Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:25

    In most developed countries children go to school(primary) on their 5th birth day or later. There is no basis for Prof Jayathilake's claim that children are admitted to school at the age of 4 years in other countries. May be he is getting out of touch with the modern world.

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    mohamed Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:05

    even now there is only grade 12 year 13

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    Shelly. Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:36

    But in the absence of an action to discipline teachers.. politicos....young Bikkus... adults nothing will be successful in putting education system on track. via DM Android App

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    goodmove Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:45

    good move. early learning is recommended by many intellectuals. also people can finish their school one year early and get marry one year early too...

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    Ad Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:45

    Prof is talking rubbish. Do not judge quality of education from age. Whats important is quality education and the methods adopted. Follow Finnish system of education. They are excellent. Unruly behavior comes from the parliamentarians themselves. Punish anyone severely so that they will not repeat that kind of behavior. Start this from the parliament first.

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    Siribiri Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:48

    Hello, Professor,Stop messing about with the children's childhood.Do some thing positive and recommend all children to be taught in English from grade 8 onwards.So that when the children leave school they are ready for proper employment. Rather than becoming Tuk , Tuk drivers.SWRD and Sirimavo destroyed our education system by removing English as the main medium of teaching.This the biggest gift SWRD and Sirimavo gave to the Sinhala people in SL.However, all three of their children were educated in English!!

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    wadduwage Thursday, 13 April 2017 19:05

    Yes it is better to follow American education l system, starting from kindergarten and end up secondary education with high school.Student can enter the university at the age of around sixteen years

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    aravinda Thursday, 13 April 2017 19:17

    I think use of cane is an effective tool to minimize unruly behavior among adult students.

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    Tissa Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:21

    NEC should address the curse of tuition after school for Children. They have no time for play and social activity now after school day is over, other than going to tuition class.This is more important than all other issues effecting the children.

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    sscp Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:31

    We did our A/L when we were only18yrs. Our children are doing A/L when they are 19yrs. Definitly O/L should be held for year 10 students not for year 11 students.

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    SB Friday, 14 April 2017 06:14

    the best and most practical suggestion

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    asitha Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:28

    Since kids go to Tuition Classes for AL. It is better to stop the school after O/L and pay them all money to go to Tuition Classes.Age 4 start is not a good Idea.

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    edward Friday, 14 April 2017 03:36

    It is an absurd proposal to admit children at 4 They should be admitted at 5 or more. The solution is not terminating the schooling at year 12 because they are yet small children even at year 13.What should done is to teach good manners like obliging,thankfulness,politeness , not being selfish and respecting others .

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    govidan Ronny Friday, 14 April 2017 04:13

    Dear sirPlease put up a list of countries who have started school education ( not montesory) at 4 years stating the international best practice. We cannot compare with one or two or three countries.

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    weera Friday, 14 April 2017 05:48

    Don't show parliament proceedings to children, Keep children away from news and other adult programs, scrap grade 5 scholarship program and parents should stop protesting with their children. Give them a good foundation before they go to school.

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    E.H>Pemaratne Friday, 14 April 2017 06:16

    It is like the PMs proposal to increase MPs salarie3s to salaries to reduce corruption. Do we need a commision to find this. Take the following steps.1. Organize all schools into a three tier system consisting of 0-5, 6-1theand 12-13. and put the presently wasted resources to high productivity.This denies equal opportunities to the poor. 2. Make Eng. the medium of imstructions from Grade 6. This will need only 7000 schools for the whole country and by selling the extra scool land all foreign debts my be paid.Res/Site-38166/Type-0/73c22995-25de-4037-9f07-40af091b3662.pnghe POM telling that MP

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    Blair Friday, 14 April 2017 06:54


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    ceylon Friday, 14 April 2017 12:03

    age 3 is the most suirable to start efucation as grade 1.keep them in schoolfor next 13 years as geade 13 is high school certificate for university entrance. via DM Android App

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    Deepak R Friday, 14 April 2017 14:32

    What a stupid proposal.Get quality teachers first by paying good salaries to teacher. Most take up teaching after failing to secure a respectable job in a private / mercantile sector.Then look at the curricular.Encourage children to think than by heart.DR

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    ceylon Friday, 14 April 2017 16:51

    then teach english from grade onedailywith 2 periods.from 1956 restricted public school children frm english created permanent poor society till tday. via DM Android App

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    ceylon Friday, 14 April 2017 16:54

    frm 1956 started sinhalese only for poor children made poor children permanently poor class. via DM Android App

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    ceylon Friday, 14 April 2017 17:04

    make it age 3.then 11 years in school.then profesional study for next 3 17 to uni.increase quality of learning not long years. via DM Android App

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    Prof. Chenkalady Friday, 14 April 2017 19:30

    This is like chopping off the head of the goat who got it stuck in a pot. Real Mahadenamuththa type advice. Oh God ! What is this country coming to?

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    Naziru suleiman Saturday, 15 April 2017 15:33

    i am my name is Naziru Suleiman please i need admission now please sir may god help you thank

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