Graduate unemployment is attributed by some analysts to the poor content of degree programmes being offered and the outdated teaching methods adopted. Against this backdrop, the Higher Education Ministry, as part of its plan for sweeping changes in the university curricula, is now heading towards the introduction of a new teaching methodology at the university, which is the concept of learning by teaching. Rather than confining students to being mere attentive listeners, students learn by teaching others in a class.
Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne, the Higher Education Ministry Secretary, has introduced the new concept to the local university system and has contextualised this concept, based on insights from research done at internationally reputed universities.
The quality of the contents of degree programmes offered by Sri Lanka’s universities, particularly in the Arts stream, has been questionable. Lack of skills, innovative thinking and proper public relations are known as reasons that diminish the employability of graduates produced under the age-old teacher-centred teaching process.