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Internationalisation of School Education

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Internationalisation of School Education Dr. Siri Gamage   EDUCATION: This paper critically examines the internationalisation of education in Sri Lanka in the last two decades, relevant discourses and their implications on the society and culture. A well-known Sri Lankan educationist once said that there is no informed educational debate in Sri Lanka. What exists there is only several myths extracted from the British educational tradition’ (Udagama 1981/82:8). However, it is important to see if these myths continue to exist, whether the myths have changed, or indeed different myths have been extracted from other powerful countries such as USA, and Australia.
Court approves Draft policy on school admissions Wants speedy reference to Cabinet: Wasantha Ramanayake COLOMBO: The Supreme Court yesterday having approved the draft Policy framework for school admissions for the year 2008 directed the Education Ministry Secretary’s speedy action to present it to the Cabinet of Ministers for their sanction. The Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Ariyaratne Hewage tendered the draft Policy Framework to the court. The Court directed the Secretary to submit to the court any reservations by the Cabinet of Ministers in order to consider whether such reservations could be incorporated in the Policy framework. If there would be none the Secretary should take steps to have it published as a circular to be applicable for 2008. However, the Court observed that the authorities are at liberty to refer the matter to the National Education Committee to formulate a policy framework for the school admissions for the succeeding years.
University education to be broad-based – Minister Warnapala Rohan MATHES COLOMBO: Higher Education Minister Prof. Vishva Warnapala asserted that University education would never ever be privatised but would be broad-based in line with modern trends of education with the formulation of a ‘Development Oriented’ policy for higher education. Addressing journalists at the weekly Cabinet press briefing at the Government Information Department in Narahenpita yesterday, Minister Warnapala stressed that the frequently misinterpreted and misleading slogan of ‘Privatisation of Universities’ was a myth. Nevertheless, he said that we ought to move with the contemporary global trends and ascend from a primarily and absolutely undergraduate education to a postgraduate education system based on quality and relevance. “We have maintained a ‘Social Demand’ model of education since 1944.
by Kumar David http://www.island.lk/2007/06/03/features1.html The results of the December 2006 GCE O-level examinations are appalling but not in the least surprising. The writing has been on the wall for years.
Source :   http://www.dailynews.lk/2007/05/23/news02.asp       40,000 teachers on leave daily Dharma Sri Abeyratne COLOMBO: Around 40,000 teachers are on leave daily out of the 200,000 teachers, said Education Minister Susil Premajayantha. “The teachers have to be on duty only on 201 days per year.
 Startling Figures of the GCE O/L 2006 results ·  52500 candidates sit for GCE O/L. · 48.7% pass ·  51% fail · 21813 candidates fail all subjects (4128 from Colombo District), (3564 from Central province), 3404 (from Southern province) (2668 from Sabaragamuwa) (2277 from Uva) (2056 from North Central) (2039 from North Western) (773 from Eastern) and 704 from Northern province. · 47 schools and 40 pirivena institutes did not have a single student qualifying for the GCE A/L (9 schools in Colombo), (3 schools in Homagama), (3 schools in Jayawardenapura), (12 schools in Galle, (7 schools in Ambalangoda), (13 schools in Ratnapura) · Of the 258,975 who sat the English language paper 63.18% failed · Of the 259,263 who sat the Mathematics paper 57.
Disaster in Education : Case in Sri Lanka We need to address following issues 1) is this the result of so called FREE ( Free of Charge- Nomile) Education in Sri Lanka ? 2) We have a strong feeling that the 48+% who passed the GCE have attended tution classes? 3) Do examiners qualified to set papers? ( Of course they are Senior Academics). Can they or teachers answer them in examination conditions successfully?
 National Policy on Information Technology in School Education Source : http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=1397 In an effort to fully utilise funding and other relevant resources, the Government of Sri Lanka established an IT Education Unit at the Ministry of Education in February 2001 and prepared a National Policy on School IT Education, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in October 2001.
2007 World Forum on Early Care and Education May 15 – 18, 2007 Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Over 700 early childhood administrators, trainers, caregivers, public officials, and advocates from 70+ countries will gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for World Forum 2007. At this seventh World Forum, delegates will exchange ideas about the quality of services for young children in diverse settings.  For more information visit : http://www.worldforumfoundation.org/wf/wf2007/ watch defending your life in divx  
 Who Signed Tara Harrold Agreement ? Is it Dr. Tara de Mel  under the President Chandrika Kumarathunga or Dr. P.B.