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 Who Signed Tara Harrold Agreement ? Is it Dr. Tara de Mel  under the President Chandrika Kumarathunga or Dr. P.B.
Councils in England are being reminded that parents have the right to educate their children at home if they wish. Proposed Department for Education and Skills guidelines on “elective home education” stress that education is compulsory but schooling is not. Councils should offer support to home educators, and parents must see that their children are suitably educated. But the authorities have no right to enter people’s homes or make routine checks on children’s progress. The department has been discussing the issue with several groups representing home educators and with local authorities.
What happened to National ICT Education Drive ? As we all agree ICT Literacy is considered as one of the very important components of the Education in the 21st century. Since 1980s various attempts were made to bring computers into the school curriculum. Unfortunately only in 2004, ICT was introduced as a subject in Grade 12 (A/L) (GIT) and subject in O/L(OL-IT) in Sri Lanka. In 2005 Ministry of Education launched an ICT Literacy Drive proposing Department of Examination to conduct ICT Literacy Examination Island wide.
A seminar on “Knowledge for Development (K4D): The Role of Universities” was held on Jan 25, 2007 at Taj Samudra in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The first half of the seminar dealt with information issues in higher education. In the session titled “country reports” country representatives described the state of higher education in four countries in Asia and some references to data collection efforts in those countries. The country reports were presented by Dr. Catherine (Caren) Castañeda, Director for Programs and Standards at the Commission on Higher Education In Philippines, Dr.
There is a saying in Sinhala that some people go beat the deer skin or ‘gohna hama’ at home when they can’t catch the real one in the forest This is exactly what the JVP is trying to do about private higher education. According to a report in the Lankadeepa of August 27, Friday (p.25), Mr. Susil Preamjayantha, the Minister for Education has assured the JVP MP from Matara that he will rescind the authorization given to Aquinas College to offer degree programs. It is further reported that the minister is considering the gradual disbandment of private institutions.

Birth Control for Higher Ed?

Posted on August 21, 2006  /  10 Comments

If you thought graduate unemployment is a big problem here in Sri Lanka think again. In China, 40% of new graduates are expected to be unemployed in 2006 translating to an astounding 2.5 million new graduates without jobs. Similar rates are reported from the Philippines. We don’t have statistics for other countries but, generally, unemployment of graduates seems to be a severe problem all over the developing world.

Kuppi Classes

Posted on August 14, 2006  /  12 Comments

From what I have heard, the term Kuppi classes refers to group-tutoring offered in the universities by senior students to juniors. These classes may even take the place of regular classes for some students, because, as the seniors are said to advice the juniors, there is no reason to attend lectures and get the ‘same old same old’ when that ‘same old’ can be spoon-fed by senior students from their previous year’s notes. There is also the notion that these classes are ways of winning over the juniors for political purposes, explaining why seniors find time to do this. I first learnt about the phenomenon early this year at a symposium on undergraduate education when some colleagues from the University of Peradeniya mentioned it. Later somebody suggested that the origin of the word may have something to do with filling up little bottles (kuppi = little bottle).

The Education Charade

Posted on July 26, 2006  /  11 Comments

In 1960 the private provision of school education in Sri Lanka was prohibited by the Assisted Schools and Training Colleges (Special Provisions) Act. Over 2700 privately owned but government assisted schools were taken over by government while giving special permission to 50 or so schools to be managed as unaided schools receiving no financial assistance from the government. After more than 45 years of a government monopoly today we have (a) over 10,000 state owned schools of which about 300 are popular national schools (b) 50 or so original private institutions that remain largely as bastions of Christian education and (c) an unregulated system of 50 or more additional private schools that have found their way in through various ways and means. Public educations system leaves much to be desired. Getting a child into year-1 has become a traumatic experience for parents with some parents resorting to forgery and bribery to get their children into popular schools.
On March 14, 2006, there was workshop at the University of Colombo on the topic of establishing a labor market observatory (LMO) at the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka. It was organized by IRQUE, a $50 million project to improve the relevance of quality of undergraduate education. The intended audience was the set of deans in humanities, social science and science faculties. The attendance was poor but the participation was enthusiastic. Many deans sent representatives.