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Colombo, Nov.29 (Daily Mirror) - If education is not updated, it is inevitable that children will leave high school and resort to other options. Therefore, everyone involved in the field of education should understand this and work responsibly and carefully, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said.

Reducing the aging of children and increasing their opportunities to advance in their educational levels is one of the main objectives of the new education reforms, the Minister added.

He expressed these views as the chief guest at the National Higher Education Conference organized by the Sri Lanka Association of Non-State Higher Education Institutes (SLANSHEI).

"The Education Ministry is ready to conduct an examination regarding the provision of teachers for the development officers working in schools and take steps for it through interviews. But since a group had filed a fundamental rights petitions before courts against the conducting of the examination it was suspended. The petitions have been pending for nine months," he said.

As soon as the court rulings are received, steps will be taken to admit them into the teaching service in accordance with the Teachers' Service Constitution, the Minister added.


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  • lali Wednesday, 29 November 2023 11:00 PM

    Make education practice oriented... Teach carpentary... Electric wiring... Plumbing etc to high school students so that they can perform minor repairs.... The British had chartered engineer exams wherein a mechanic electrician or a plumber could clear exams and become chartered engineering graduate.... Most of the railway board chairman were apprentices who rose through such exams

    dot v Thursday, 30 November 2023 02:11 AM

    Drop out rates were always high in rural areas in the 1980s where the formal education seemed more urban oriented , and lacked relevancy to the life of the average student either in rural areas.Drop out rates were high in the underprivileged urban areas for the student was a misfit in a class room that projected middle class values of the time ..Drop out rates in the future would be high if chances of being gainfully employed seem remote due to circumstances so unchanging and static . . . Drop out rates would be high if the end goal is a job overseas where the job market demands skills and training not inclusive in our formal education system and so on the job training is the alternative ....So lets hear from the Minister more of his plan to retain kids in school considering the reality out there..for some of our kids shine as late developers do they not ?

    L Jaya Thursday, 30 November 2023 03:05 AM

    He presents himself as an academician and displays professionalism. Has no practical knowledge rather than theoretical knowledge. Shut up an sit down

    Ram Thursday, 30 November 2023 04:36 AM

    If you want to update the education systems, initiate a system for the children after OLs to select their future studies. Medicine, Engineering, law etc already in place. Identify new areas. Say masonry, carpentry, motor mechanism, Arborist, painters, plumbers etc. Initiate courses at University level or Technical College level for them to enter after ALs and continue. This is what is lacking in the education system

    Gune Thursday, 30 November 2023 05:54 AM

    First ask students to come to schools. I understand almost all A/L students do not go to schools and instead, go to tuition classes paying good money, without any complains. Is that free education? In a few years time, you can close all SL schools and hand over the education to tuition masters as now right from Grade 1, all kids go to tuition classes. They have no other life. What are you saying to that?

    ravin Thursday, 30 November 2023 07:11 AM

    If we educate young generations the uneducated can't survived. More and more uneducated or under educated certain category of people will be privileged. Those are the norms of survival. The rest whole country knows.

    Ashad Dole Thursday, 30 November 2023 07:40 AM

    Sri Lanka's education system has to be revamped. The segregation of children on ethnic lines at Grade One should be abolished. It should be One Classroom for all communities. Since SWRD brought the Sinhala Only bill and his wife SIRIMA abolished the English medium of study our nation has been sliding down. These two myopic decisions by these two stupid politicians have brought our country to it's knees. One very pertinent and evident result has been our export of young mothers as Housemaids to SLAVE in Middle Eastern homes. The lack of a working knowledge of the English language has driven this sector of our populace to do this menial chore. Except for those with a good command of the English language who leave our shores to secure decent and lucrative jobs the others suffer. The English language as the medium of study in schools with Sinhala and Tamil compulsory has to be introduced. If we do so Sri Lanka could see a big change in our society in a few years.

    VJ Thursday, 30 November 2023 08:41 AM

    They are the future technocrats and entrepreneurs when we become a developed country in 2048.

    ANNECUNT Thursday, 30 November 2023 03:51 PM

    we need a testbook in schools how rajapaksas stole money from the motherland and put 22 million people into hunger. need to educate our future generation for NOT to happen again


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