According to a news item in the Lankadeepa a parent who refused to pay Rs: 6500 as admission fee for Gampola Zahira  was beaten up in the school premises by some one who  had said ” Because of you the school  did not get the money it needed”. Apparently, the school development society had decided to charge Rs: 6500 from each new year-1 student. The parent in question had complained to higher authorities who in turn had instructed the school to charge only the facility fee of Rs: 36. How about admissions fees charged by other schools? Does the minister and ministry endorse admission charges by schools other than Gampola Zahira?
Separating primary schools from larger schools is an impossiblity? Not so, if you move away from the power orbits  of the super schools. Behind the scenes, a few dedicated officials are trying to separate primary schools from popular schools in a set of 150 low income education divisions.  The goal is develop at least one larger school in each division as a well equipped secondary school that attract children from a cluster of neighboring primary schools.  The program is called Isuru and the director of the program is Mr.
Malathie Kalpana Ambrose   Statistically we hold a higher state in education among the South Asian countries. Proudly we declare that our literacy rate is above 92%. But do all our children enjoy their right to education? How about the children in refugee camps in North and East? How about the children in remote areas where they have to walk more than 6km to the nearest school?
Malathie Kalpana Ambrose It is great to see that after ages policy makers  are realizing that the existing curricula has not been producing holistic personalities throughout the past. But realizing that fact itself will not be enough, unless the policy proposals bring about a vital change in to curricula development.   The following proposals were taken from the First Draft –National Policy framework on General Education in Sri Lanka prepared by National Committee  for Formulating a New Education Act for General Education, 2008. The proposals are for one of the key policy issues identified by the committee.   Curriculum Development Policy Issue І   Curricula developed for schools fail to provide a sound foundation that enables the youth to lead a successful personal and work life.
I was shocked to read about the arrest of Mr. H.M. Dayananda on charges of bribery as reported in the Lankadeepa newspaper on December 02nd. I first met Mr.

GCE(O/L) pass rates over time

Posted on October 7, 2008  /  27 Comments

(Pass rate = percent of school candidates passing 6 subjects including math and language) GCE O/L pass rates have doubled over the decade spanning 1995 to 2005.Here are some data (data_ed_ol_examresults1 What do you make of the data? 1. From 1995 to 2000 the pass rates increased dramatically 20% to 40%. Why?
මෙම ව්යාපාරයේ ඇරඹුම සනිටුහන් වන්නේ එක් පියෙක් තම දරුවා වෙනුවෙන් නැගූ හඬ ලාංකේය සිසු පරපුර වෙනුවෙන්ම ව්යාප්ත කිරීමට සිතූ මොහොතකයි. මෙම ව්යාපාරයේ නිර්මාතෘ උපාලි චන්ද්රසිරිගේ සංකල්පනාවකට අනුවයි. උපාලි සඳහන් කරන ආකාරයට යහපත් අධ්යාපනයක් සඳහා අරගලයට මුල් වී ඇත්තේ සිය දියණියගේ අධ්යාපනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් මතූවූ අර්බුදයන්ය. නගරයේ උසස් යැයි සම්මත ප්රථමික පාසලක ඉගෙනුම ලැබූ ඔහුගේ දියණිය ශිෂ්යත්ව විභාගය සමත් වීමෙන් පසු තවත් ජනප්රිය පාසලකට ඇතුළත් වීමේ වරම ලබා ඇත. එහෙත් ඔහුගේ දියණියට එම ජනප්රිය පාසල තුළ වැඩි කලක් අධ්යාපනය ලැබීමට නොහැකි වී ඇති අතර, එයට හේතු වී ඇත්තේ ඇය කෙරෙන් මතු වූ ආබාධ තත්ත්වයක්ය.

Private Market for Teachers in Sri Lanka

Posted on September 16, 2008  /  1 Comments

You love to teach but don’t want to go after politicians to get your dream job?  The growing market in private education seems to be opening up job opportunities for teachers. A Web site dedicated to finding a teacher is evidence.
යහපත් අද්ධියාපනයක් සදහා වූ වියාපාරය මගින් මාසිකව පල කෙරීමට යන ‘පාසල’ නම්වූ මාසික පුවත් පත දියත් කිරීම හා ප්‍රසිද්ධ සම්මන්ත්‍රණය අද අගෝස්තු 25 වැනිදා සවස තුනට ජාතික පුස්තකාල සේවා මණ්ඩල ශ්‍රවනාගාරයේදී පැවැත්වෙනු ඇත. අදහස් දැක්වීම්: මහාචාර්ය ලාල් පෙරේරා ආචාර්ය ජී බී ගුනවර්ධන අද්ධියාපනඥ එස් එම් ආරියරත්න ද අල්විස් සමාජ ක්‍රියාකාරික නිමල් මුනසිංහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුරු සංගමය අන්තර් විශ්ව ව්ද්යාල ශිෂ්‍ය බල මණ්ඩලය

Politics, Economy and Education

Posted on June 26, 2008  /  0 Comments

Interesting article by  Edward B. Fiske (former Times education editor and author of the Fiske Guide to Colleges) about (a) how Reagan appointed a commission to push a political agenda that included voluntary prayers in schools, but the commission he appointed came up with a report that focused on quality of education and (b) why economic productivity of a country  is not correlated with educational achievements. (