Sri Lanka Education Policy Documents

Posted on October 18, 2005  /  24 Comments

Come post-November 17 are we going to get a whole new set of policy documents? Hope not. We have policies plenty. Here are some of the key documents. Some need updating.



(The task force report is an excellent document. Don’t think anybody did much with it. The second National Development Plan represents an attempt.) ——————————————————————————————


  • Presidential Task Force on University Education Reforms Convened on 11th February 1998 (No official report released)
  • New Universities Act (Draft for observations), Sep 2004.

(This sector has trouble getting any policy document out. Only the world bank document has any relevance with US$ 50 million to back it up)

Treasures of the Education System in Sri Lanka, World bank (2004).


  1. Coordinator, Education Forum

    This is what one Prasanna de Silva says in his comment: “i want to education policies of sri lanka since 1947-2006 for my master degree.please send me all information above my e mail address or my postal address”.
    This is not the first time that we received this kind of request by way of comments.

    Here is my response as coordinator of this forum:
    Dear Mr. Prasanna de Silva;
    You need to get a basic education before you follow a masters degree. In fact, I advice you to return your bachelor’s degree, if you have one, to the institution that awarded it. I say this for two reasons.
    1. You are not able to put a sentence together.
    2. You have no idea how knowledge is produced and shared(otherwise you would not expect some unknown person or institution send you all information you want for the asking when you have not demonstrated any effort on your part)

    Philip Agre has some excellent advice to graduate students about seeking information (see Please read that when you are ready and refrain from commenting until then.

  2. Over 51 per cent students fail GCE (O/L)

    ‘Neither students nor teachers know their geometry’

    Over 51 per cent crash in Science, 63 in English

    None qualify for A/L in nine Colombo schools

    Anura Edirisinghe

    by Dasun Edirisinghe

    Commissioner General of Examinations Anura Edirisinghe reveals that over 51 per cent of students have failed the GCE (O/L) this year. Over 5, 25, 000 candidates, including 2, 96, 358 school candidates, sat the examination and of them only 48. 7 per cent have qualified for the G. C. E. Advanced Level.

    Mr. Edirisinghe said about 21, 813 candidates had failed to secure a single pass. Of them about 4128 were from Colombo district, 3,564 from the Central province, 3,404 from the Southern province, 2,668 from the Sabaragamuwa province, 2,277 form the Uva province, 2,056 from the North Central province, 2039 from the North Western province, 773 from the Eastern province and 704 from the Northern Province.

    He said not a single student in nine schools in Colombo had qualified for the G. C. E. Advanced Level. The situation was similar in three schools in Homagama, three in Jayewardenepura, 12 schools in Galle, seven schools in Ambalangoda, 13 schools in Ratnapura educational zones and 40 Pirivena institutions countrywide.

    Mr. Edirisnghe said it was unfortunate given the large amount of funds that the government expended on free education.

    The school with the lowest performance at the G. C. E. O/ L Examination, 2006 is Thanbana Primary School in Dambagalla in Moneragala district. Others are respectively, Dodampahala Kanishta Vidyalaya in Dickwella, Palugollewa Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura, Amban Ganga Dakunu Ela Vidyalaya in Polonnaruwa and Midalana Kanishta Vidyalaya in Baduraliya, Matugama.

    The Commissioner General said that English remained the most difficult subject for students.

    About 258,975 students had sat the English language paper and of them 63. 18 per cent had failed. About 259,263 faced the Mathematics paper and of them 57. 37 per cent had failed, while 258,948 students sat for the Science paper and of them 51. 65 per cent had failed secure even a simple pass.

    “Numerous facilities such as school text books, laboratories, equipments etc, are provided by the government for teaching these three subjects. The performance of children at the examination is appalling. The geometry question of the mathematics paper is compulsory. But, 90 per cent of students failed to answer that. The reason is that teachers, and eveneducational directors did not know their geometry. At present teachers who are passing out from the Colleges of Education are teaching Mathematics in most schools. They don’t know geometry. The Education Department should take action train teachers in geometry,” Mr. Edirisnghe said.

    The Island learns that the Education Minister Susil Premajayantha has for a detailed report from the Education Department to be submitted to the Cabinet this week.

  3. Dhanapala Jayatillake

    Good site for AL content. But not a government site it seems.

  4. A/L accounting sylabus

    i am teacher of accounting subject please help and my requese

  5. I want National Education Policy for my masters. please help me

  6. i want National Education Policy of Sri Lanka. please help me

  7. i need the tipof national school & what are the pacic need,

  8. I want the educational policies and strategies of Srilanka, specially of secondary level.

  9. I need the National Education policy of Sri Lanka please help me..!!

  10. I would be thankful if anybody could send me details about the educational reforms in sri lanka in and after 1997 . Specially about “the competency based education”.

  11. I’m a university student.
    I need national policies for school buildings for my dissertation.
    I would be thankful if anybody could send me details about the standards of
    School building construction.
    Please help me..!

    Thank you

  12. I’m a research scholar at university of Education Lahore Pakistan.
    I need Sri Lanka national policies to carry out a study of comparison of technical education and vocational training between both countries .
    I would be thankful if anybody could send me available policies espacially details about the TEVT or VET.


  13. I would be thankful if anybody could send me details about the educational reforms in sri lanka in and after 2007

  14. I need some facts about the government laws for establishment of private universities in Sri Lanka, if anybody can send, it will be very thankfull.

  15. Please send details of establishment of private universities in Sri Lanka to my email


  16. i need some information about sri lankan education policy

  17. I want natioanal education policy

  18. I need to know about weak nesses of reformes 1997

  19. can u help me for having the content of 2007 reforms

  20. can plz give me the content of edu reforms 2007

  21. I need the National Education policy of Sri Lanka please help me..for my Diploma.

  22. I would be thankful if anybody could send me details about the educational reforms in sri lanka in 2007
    Specially I want to know about assessment based learning

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