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The education minister Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Attorney at law has instructed officials to take correct steps in preparing school curricula enabling to create efficient children suit modern world, developing along with new knowledge and skills through education.  

Accordingly under the new curricula reform due to come in to operation in 2023 instead of the method prevailed science syllabus of schools up to now the education ministry has taken steps to introduce a science education based on research methodology.

The education ministry, National education institute, National association of advancement of science have jointly taken steps now to introduce this new curricula based on research admittance for science subject.

Considering school curricula related to science subject of other developed countries of the world this curricula reform is to make universal citizens with an access suits to future, economic development, local identity.

This curricula reform is done in accordance with world recognized job opportunities through STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) which children could access to. Under these amendments steps will be taken for children to provide an opportunity to learn work, based on projects more practical   to learn subjects instead of getting through examinations from by heart knowledge limited to text books.

It has been suggested to include reform to this curricula to include activities to evaluate students constantly on subject related matters and to exclude evaluations only on a written examination.us

The action has been taken now to do these subject reform providing more opportunities for student analysis ability, problem solving ability and innovative thinking.

Free text book distribution for all government school children and piriven student monks for year 2020 officially commenced on Friday 16th August 2019.

The official ceremony held at Homagama Pitipana Education Publication Department ware house complex at 10.30 a.m. under the patronage of education minister Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Attorney at law.

The education minister Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the Education publication Department that text books of all school children for year 2020 and teacher guide of teachers should be given before end of 2019 last term school holidays.

The government this time spends Rs. 4,165 million only for awarding of free text books. 43 millions of copies of 448 types of books will be given to students.

54 types of books will be awarded to piriven student monks from grade 1 to 5. These 448 types of books include grade 1 to 11 school student’s text books and 12th grade General English text book.

The Education Commissioner General Mr. Jayantha Wickramanayake stated that 1175 distribution centers established in Zonal Education office and selected schools will supply school text books and teacher manuals for other schools. For all national schools and provincial schools with more than 1500 students will be provided directly the text books and teacher manuals by the education publication department.  

To enhance the habit of reading books among school children of Sri Lanka, with the idea of encouraging them to read, the national reading promotion programme-kalana mithuru poth sumithuru introduced for the school system now has become famous among school children, the first stage student evaluation is due in coming September.

On a concept of education minister Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Attorney at Law identifying reading habit as a necessity of children who seek for new world knowledge through technology this programme has come in to operation measuring of school children’s reading skills in 4 main stages as schools, zones provincial and national from last year month of August. The students of grade 6-13 of all schools of island have been provided the opportunity to join this programme to enhance the habit of reading books.

This programme will clearly enable to identify the most suitable books to read, develop reading habits by reading often through that to enhance knowledge, understanding and entertainment. All students who participate for this will have to submit a literature based report on the books that was read by students. Among those reports the students who submit the best report can join with the best school readers of the year and have the opportunity to gain platinum, gold and silver medals. Hence, nearly 3000 students reading highest number of books have become eligible for medals this year. Accordingly, the platinum medal for students who submit reports reading more than 100 books, gold medal for read between 75-100 books, Silver for students who read between 50-75 books will be offered.             

The Circulars containing all details about this programme continuously in operation annually have been forwarded to all schools, further details can be obtained from ministry of education website www.moe.gov.lk 

The education minister Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam stated already various main stream companies have made offers  for jobs for students undergoing vocational training under 13 year certified education programme even before they finish school education.

The minister stated that yesterday  (21) in a ceremony held at the auditorium of education ministry to award appointments to 226 graduates to fill Sinhala and Tamil media teachers vacancies at national and provincial schools on vocational subjects under thirteen year guaranteed education programme.

Member of Parliament Education Sectorial Oversight Committee, Matale district  Mrs. Rohini Kumari Wijerathna Galle district Mr. Wijepala Hettiarachchi and secretary of education Mr. M. N. Ranasinghe addressed the ceremony.

The education minister, Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam stated that steps should be taken to enhance English language skills of school students of this country to win global education aims.

Accordingly, using the syllabus provided by National Education Institute in a more productive manner steps have been taken now to issue a circular and guide lines with regard to English language for teachers who prepare a learning plan and engage in classroom teacher learning process. According to the guide lines it has been suggested to hold one day per week as an English communication day in future in all schools to do communication affairs of students in English.      

 Accordingly, from second school term of this year this evaluation system has been introduced to all provinces of island to term tests of 6, 7, 8 grades. It is expected in future to operate this system up to grade 11 in school level as an evaluation.      

A meeting was held at the ministry of education today (08) between minister of education Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Attorney at law and ambassador of America Ms.Alaina B. Teplitz in order to have the service of volunteer English teacher service of United States Peace Corps (US Peace Corps) on request of government of Sri Lanka to develop English language speaking ability among students in difficult areas with the idea of making the economy of this country strong by building a work force with the capability of handling English language.

DELIC teacher training programme has been operated from 1960 decade till 90 decade rendering American volunteer English teacher’s service. As have agreed to give American volunteer teacher service again from 2020, will be starting from 30 teachers at the first stage and service of a group of teachers up to 150 teacher will be given to difficult area province students.

The selection of schools in various provinces has already commenced now. For two provinces Uva and Central will be given the service of these teachers and the service of each volunteer teachers is 2 years.

The consultant of education ministry Mr. H.M. Sirisena and Director of American Peace Corps Mr. Kris Besch along with officers of the English Unit of the Ministry and representatives of the American Embassy participated at the discussion.         

The ministry of education has paid attention to give a special chance to children of tax payers to government to enroll their children to national schools as an encouragement.

The education minister Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam stated that the main idea of giving an opportunity is to encourage and evaluate contribution of generous tax payers to government for the growth of national income. 

The minister stated assistance of Inland Revenue Department will be taken in preparing criteria of enrolling these children.

A preliminary discussion was held yesterday (21) in this regard at the ministry of education under the patronage of minister. Also a group of officers along with Commissioner General of Inland Revenue Department Mr. Nadun Guruge participated for that.

The education ministry has taken steps to give principals an international level training for school leadership to do a revolutionary change in the role of a principal of Sri Lanka.

According to Sri Lanka principals service minutes the capacity development programme required for promotions from grade 111 to grade 1, one month duration training programmme as capacity development programme is now being held for principals.

On the instructions of education minister Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam national competency framework on school leadership and management has been introduced to the school system of this country for the first time. Accordingly thousand (1,000) grade 111 principals of principal service will be trained this year.

It has been emphasized of a requirement of a programme of this nature in an evaluation programme conducted in selected ten schools with regard to allegations framed time to time including financial frauds, administration issues, accidents faced by students in school. This special programme is implemented spending 41 million rupees based on the evaluations of the education sector development framework programme.

The principals will be educated about sixty four skills standards based on the quality school controlling, positive school administration controlling, effective school management and quality learning outcome.

The human resource development branch of ministry of education stated 3,823 grade 111 principals of all nine provinces to be given this training certificate before year 2021.  

Administration building constructed at Paragahadeniya National School under the project “nearest school is the best school” was declared open with the participation of the Priminister Mr. Ranil Wickramasingha and Education Minister Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

Opening of Secondary Junior Laboratory at Digampitiya Sri Piyarathana Maha Vidyalaya

The Secondary Junior Laboratory constructed at Digampitiya Sri Piyarathana Maha Vidyalaya under the project “nearest school is the best school” was declared open by  Priminister Mr. Ranil Wickramasingha with the participation of Education Minister Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. State Minister Mr. J.C. Alawathuwala also was present at this occasion.

Here are the special events of this occasion.