Subject: Sri Lanka's Education : What authorities need to do

May 22nd, 2007 · Posted By Dilanthe Withanage · 4 Comments

 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…

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2007 World Forum on Early Care and Education

May 15th, 2007 · Posted By Dilanthe Withanage · Leave a Comment

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 : watch defending your life in divx  

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Who Signed Tara Harrold Agreement ?

May 15th, 2007 · Posted By Dilanthe Withanage · 1 Comment

 Who Signed Tara Harrold Agreement ? Is it Dr. Tara de Mel  under the President Chandrika Kumarathunga or Dr. P.B. Jatyasundara under the President Mahinda Rajapakse. ? According to informed  sources  Dr. P.B Jayasundara  as the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance  signed the so called “ Tara-Harrold Agreement”. It is important to notice that the President Mahinda Rajapakse is the Minister in-charge of the Ministry of Finance. According to our opinion there is no much issue in this agreement. But we have certain issues to be raised. 1)      What is the agreement signed by Dr. PB and World Bank…

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ICT Literacy in Sri Lanka– The Truth

May 15th, 2007 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · 10 Comments

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. According to this any Sri Lankan could sit for ICT Literacy Examination without any…

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Science and Tech for a Service Economy

August 12th, 2005 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · 5 Comments

What does S&T capacity mean for a small developing country such as Sri Lanka? My conversations with distinguished scientist and educator, Prof. Kamini Mendis, helped me develop some working hypotheses for my research and also spew out some ideas for action.  Prof. Kamini Mendis is in town for a short holiday. She is currently the Senior Advisor to the Roll Back Malaria Program at the World Health Organization (WHO). She moved to WHO after an illustrious career as a professor of Parasitology at the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Colombo where she published a record number of papers…

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Sri Lankan Geologist makes the news

August 6th, 2005 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · Leave a Comment

A Sri Lankan Geologist, Prof. CB Dissanayake has just been recognized as a leader in research by no less a body than the editorial board of ‘Science’, one of the most prestigious journals in the world. During 2005, Science celebrates the 125th anniversary of the publication of its first issue with a special essay series, inviting researchers from around the world to provide a regional view of the scientific enterprise. The journal has invited  Prof. Chandra Dissanyake of the Geology Department in the University of Perdeniya to write the essay for the month of August under the theme Global Voices…

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