Education News January 2021


Posted by on February 15, 2021  /  0 Comments

COVID-19
Sri Lanka school dropout crisis of poor kids could worsen from Coronavirus: think tank
Higher education and the pandemic: Key trends to watch in 2021 [Education Times, January 17] 
Rs. 105 million on COVID safety measures at schools – Prof. G.L. Peiris
US to provide health rooms to 120 schools

School Reopening
Tuition classes to recommence on 25 Jan.
Schools except in isolated areas in WP open tomorrow for students sitting for O/L: Minister
Tuition classes to recommence on 25 Jan
Parents and teachers have equal responsibility over health regulations for children: Police Spokesman
Thirty two schools in Eastern Province still closed

EdTech
SLIIT supports Guru Gedara Season 2 to broaden students education horizons [Education Times, January 17] 
Schools in rural areas to receive tabs soon [Education Times, January 12]
New online education programme to be launched soon: Education Ministry Secretary [Education Times, January 12]
E-thaksalawa implemented as the official online learning portal in schools
Digital profile for every student

Exams
Grade 5 Scholarship Exam cut-off marks released
Call to lower cut-off marks
A/L results by April, university admissions in September: Minister

Welfare
Free sanitary pads to schoolchildren: Sajith commends initiative & wants it expanded to include all women
Free pads for 800,000 students in 2021 

General School Education
Admission of students to Grade one postponed to February
Principals requested to refrain from seeking additional funds or donations
Reducing disparities in schools a priority in 2021: Education Minister
New curriculum based on self-study for Grade 6, 10 students in 2023
School textbooks not distributed properly for this year, says CTU [Education Times, January 17]

Universities
Jaffna University monument: Demolition raises concerns in the South
Relief for all underemployed grads in State sector
Mahapola Fund has lost over LKR600 million – COPE
COPE directs CID probe into corruption in Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund

TVET
Vocational training for 300,000 school leavers this year
Vocational Training Authority to expand facilities [Education Times, January 12]

Teachers
Will make request to give priority to teachers in COVID vaccination drive: Minister
Acute shortage of teachers in Matale schools
Teacher appointments by 18 Jan.

Development/Funding
1,000 national schools: J’pura College first to be upgraded
PC schools will be converted to national level in stages
Sixteen new national schools for the Nuwara Eliya District [Education Times, January 24]
Twenty seven Northern Province schools to be renovated [Education Times, January 12]
Complete overhaul of education sector- GL
Plantation sector schools to see expansion [Education Times, January 17]  

Sources: Economy Next (2), Education Times (9), Daily News (10), Daily Mirror (2) The Morning (15), Daily FT (1)

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