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Concern on English and IT education from grass root level to policy level is increasing day by day. The author of this article tries to give more alternatives for this issue with a view of global context. The BBC and the use of English I would like to warmly congratulate our President on his recent initiative in promoting English and IT. All those with any compassion for the underprivileged would support this, because it is the underprivileged who would benefit most from it. The JVP and the JHU would probably not be delighted because they have been traditionally against the promotion of English.
  Modern mysteries of education By Dr Harsha Aturupane, Senior Economist, Human Development Unit, South Asia Region, World Bank http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090322/FinancialTimes/ft308.html Prof. J.
Prof. Carlo Fonseka, formerly of the Medical Faculty of Colombo, is an authority on this subject. When asked as to why some people persist in the belief that Medical education should be a State monopoly and PMCs are wrong, he replied; “One reason is that it has always been a State monopoly and we have produced some of the best doctors in the world, so, something of proven value and established merit should not be changed” By Ishara Jayawardane download I Think I Love My Wife In the recent past, there has been much debate about the establishment of Private Medical Colleges (PMC) in Sri Lanka. A range of arguments have been put forward and the topic remains open to debate. Will the establishment of a Medical College be a boon or a mistake?
By Carlo Fonseka The Island – 07th April 2009 http://www.island.lk/2009/04/07/opinion2.html Recently at very short notice I deputized for the Chairman of the University Grants Commission at the launch of “Adyapanaya 2009”, a Higher Education and Career Exhibition organized by the private sector. Obliged to speak impromptu, I made a few off the cuff remarks.
by Nilantha Madurawela http://www.island.lk/2009/05/04/news8.html fast and furious 4 divx Forty nine per cent of students who sat for the GCE O/L examination last year had failed in mathematics, well informed sources told The Island. Sources said that 145,140 and 163,725 candidates (55 %) had failed to obtain at least a simple pass in mathematics and Science, respectively.
Written to Island by: A Realistic Parent Dehiwela. http://www.island.lk/2009/04/22/opinion5.html The once revered guru of medical education, Prof.
by Edward Gunawardena http://www.island.lk/2009/04/22/opinion5.html Commencing primarily with the Socio-political changes of 1956 a strong lobby has evolved against the setting up of private educational institutions. It was free – education that had provided the momentum for this historic change and it was free education, and the Central Schools that were blossoming as centres of learning that provided the backbone of the ruling class and the bureaucracy in the post 1956 era.
Never drill students with grammar by Prof. R. N. de Fonseka I was very delighted to learn that the President has declared 2009 as the year of English and Information technology. English being an international Language, this should have been done several years back by the Governments in Power, for there has been a reverberating cry by students to master English.
The Child Rights Convention (CRC) explains how governments and international organizations have to work to ensure children are protected in their rights. Sri Lanka signed the CRC in 1990 and ratified it in 1991.The guiding principles of the Convention include non-discrimination; adherence to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and the right to participate. They represent the underlying requirements for any and all rights to be realized. Article 23: The State recognizes “… the right of the disabled child to special care” and the right to “enjoy a full and decent life in conditions which ensure dignity” .
Through out the history of Sri Lanka, the decisions related to language education made by responsible decision makers, have pushed the country towards disputes, unrest, distrust among each other, lack of harmony and inefficiency in the competent world aiming towards a global village.  President Rajapakse’s annoucemnt gives us a ray of hope about a potentiality to change a generational mistake. Malathie Kalpana Ambrose       http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.