The Health Ministry will call for fresh applications from 750 overseas qualified medical graduates for internship appointments after the Sri Lanka Medical Council said its list was not accurate.The Council has informed the Ministry that the list prepared by it lacks precision. The Ministry said appointments will not be made based on this list which would offends students’ sense of fairplay and lead to legal action further delaying the selection process. The Health Ministry has decided to prepare a fresh list for this purpose and the candidates could furnish their applications today (03) at the National Blood Centre, Narahenpita from 9.00 a.
Education in the Sri Lanka Law College would be conducted in English medium by 2010. This decision was taken following discussions with the Students Union of the Law College, said Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva (PC).The Chief Justice was speaking at the celebration to mark the first year anniversary of the Sri Lanka Law College Foundation. He said there was a tremendous draw back in the legal education in English medium and this decision was taken to produce talented attorneys-at-law.
Moves are under way by Education Minister Susil Premajayantha to formulate a new National Education Policy which will consist of new rules and regulations aiming to find permanent answers to problems in the education sector.This was revealed by Premajayantha addressing the 38th death anniversary of Dr. C.W.W.
More than 46,000 or 16.29% of the students who sat the Grade five scholarship exam, failed to obtain even 50 marks out of the total of 200, the Department of Examinations has revealed. According to the Department’s statistics and analysis report, of these 46,000 students, 7264 obtained less than 20 marks out of a total of 200.  Only 11.95% of the 283,737 students who sat the examination were able to reach the cut off mark of 150 for Sinhala medium students, and 143 for Tamil medium students.

Susil ups Grade 5 scholarships by 5,000

Posted on September 28, 2007  /  0 Comments

Cabinet approval was granted to a memorandum submitted by Education Minister Susil Premajayantha to increase the number of Grade 5 scholarships from the present 10,000 to 15,000 from 2008. The Cabinet which met on Wednesday chaired by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake also allocated an additional Rs. 25 million for the increased 5000 scholarships with a total annual disbursement standing at Rs. 375 million, Acting Minister of Information and Media Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana told journalists yesterday. Cabinet Approval was also granted to a Paper submitted by Plantations Minister D.
Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has taken an immediate decision to give priority to doctors serving in most difficult areas with dedication when granting foreign scholarships received through international agencies.This will be implemented from today, Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry sources said. The sources said according to this decision, priority will be given to doctors serving in most difficult areas when granting foreign scholarships sponsored by the WHO, GFATM, UNICEF and other international organisations. Ten most difficult hospitals will be selected from each district to implement this rule. The doctors who serve with dedication in those selected hospitals will be given priority when offering foreign scholarships, the sources added.
Said the Minister of Higher Education unveiling the “Strategic Plan For Higher Education: Laying The Foundation Beyond 2020”, medium to long term plan and the National Higher Education Action Plan 2007-2010 is a short-term plan. No it was not minister Wiswa Warnapala on the occasion of fifty years since independence of Sri Lanka. It was Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Higher Education for Malaysia. On the launch of the National Higher Education Strategic and Action Plans, Minister Mohamed said that the plans are comprehensive and involved the public and private sectors. “The outcome of these plans will become the foundation of the efforts in building a model of first-class individuals and making Malaysia a progressive, prosperous and competitive country by 2020,” he added.
Jinushika Chalindi Saluwadana, a student of St. John Bosco College, Kaluaggala who secured the second place at the year 5 scholarship examination says her dedication and perseverance towards the studies and obedience to parents helped to achieve success.She secured the one of the second places by scoring 196 marks. “My parents and teachers were the constant source of inspiration, she said. My father helped me immensely by providing additional reading materials and model question papers.
The accused in the Bingiriya Mola-Eliya primary school rape case, the Principal was imposed a sentence of 15 years rigorous imprisonment, Rs. 10,000 fine and ordered to pay Rs. 100,000 as compensation by the Provincial High Court Judge Tudor Gunaratne yesterday.The Principal was found guilty of sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl of the same school on January 1, 1989. The accused fainted in the Court House before the verdict.
The cover story on Montage Magazine(Sep/Oct) is the Worsening Crisis in Education. This monthly news magazine does a good job Of picking the right theme at the right time and hitting hard where it should. The contributors to the latest issue are: Victor Ivan (The Travails of School and Free Education), Kabir Hashim, MP (The Mess Gets Worse); Sunil Jayanthe Navaratne (University Education: An Obsolete System) and; Prof Lal Perera (School Admissions: A New Crisis in Education) Overall it is a good read covering the current state of affairs, although I felt the higher education piece could have been a little more than an extract from a management text book, and Kabir Hashim could have given us a sneak preview of what education policies would be like in a UNP government, but those shortcomings should not take away the value of this issue. Please buy the magazine, read it and tell us what you think.