What does the Girl-Child Day mean for Sri Lanka

October 11th, 2013 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · 4 Comments

The Girl Child Day was designated in 2012 to bring attention to disparities in education, nutrition, health and legal rights for young girls. Innovation in Education is the Theme for Girl Child Day for 2013. For most developing countries, including other countries in the Indian sub-continent, innovations in education are needed indeed to get girls into schools and keep them there. Malala’s case amplifies the extreme of not even being to get to school and the need transform society as a whole to ensure the well-being of the girl child. In contrast, girls in Sri Lanka are doing ok, if…

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Human Rights Commission is taking up the Grade V Scholarship Issue

October 11th, 2013 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · Leave a Comment

According to the ‘Ada’ newspaper, Mr .Prarthibha Mahanamaheva has called up the Ministry of Education and National Child Protection Agency to discuss the extreme phyiscal and mental stress caused by the Grade V scholarship on young children. Sri lanka is a signatory to the Convention on Rights of the Child . It will be interesting to see which clauses in the convention are  being considered. Article 19 1. States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment…

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Education Policies and Proposals 2013

October 8th, 2013 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · Leave a Comment

The latest policy document titled New Education Policies and Proposals is now at http://www.educationforum.lk/wp-content/uploads/2005/08/NEPP_2013-new-edition.pdf. Sinhala only for now.

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New Education Policies & Proposals Document

September 30th, 2013 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · 1 Comment

A document outlining New Education Policies and Proposals (NEPP) was presented recently to the speaker and the members of the parliament by the Ministry for Education. This document is a result of deliberations on a new education act that began with a public notice published in November 2007 by the Committee to Draft a New education Act seeking input, and culminated with a series of sittings by a Select Committee of Parliament held during 2012. The NEPP document would not have seen the light of day if not for the efforts by a group of volunteers who worked with Dr….

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Bashing private universities is unjustified

August 7th, 2012 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · 5 Comments

The LIRNEasia survey of degree programs offered outside of the public- university system revealed vibrant sector producing  8293 degrees or degree equivalents in  2011/12. The 13 Public universities produced 12,604 graduates in contrast. Of the institutions outside of the public universities, Private universities produced 2,733 graduates.  and 10 public institutions outside of the purview of the UGC produced 4,229 graduates.  Notably 73% of the computer science/IT graduates were produced by the private universities. In the degree-equivalent professional qualifications, 770 completed CIMA and  179 completed CIM and  220 received British Computer Society qualifications. Sri Lanka Institute of Architects reported 22 completions…

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What do our children really need to know

September 24th, 2010 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · 4 Comments

Education reforms are in the air in Sri Lanka. Finally,  a proposal to draft a new education act is being considered by a special consultative committee of the parliament. In these deliberations simple truths often get lost in  the details. Take the issue of curriculum, for instance. What do our children really need to learn to be well and happy in an increasingly complex and competitive world? How we do we give them an early start? As parents, you already making a good effort by spending much time and energy getting your little ones to and from per-school, burning petrol,…

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Why minister education should consider decentralizing all school education functions

March 16th, 2010 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · 1 Comment

According to a New York Times report  the Secretary of Education in USA Arne activating the human rights division in department in an effort to  force the fifty to states in the union to enforce federal laws that protect poor, minority and disabled students. That means that states and localities that have historically shortchanged these children — by saddling them, say, with watered-down curriculums and unqualified teachers — will be required to do better or risk losing federal education dollars. Such is the way that the central government in USA tries influence the education process es that ar devolved right…

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Differentiating Universities in South Africa

March 11th, 2010 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · 2 Comments

Following is an abstract of the presentation made by Dr. Sujata Gamage to the Council on Higher Education in Pretoria, South Africa, on February 23, 2010. ABSTRACT Universities are increasingly called upon to contribute to the development needs of a country but the nature of the contribution can vary with the mission or the resource base of the institution. University systems in most countries, by design or otherwise, consist of a diverse range of institutions. An assessment of the contribution of a university requires some means of telling apples from the oranges. To our knowledge, the 2005 Carnegie system of…

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Creative use of mobiles in the class room

August 8th, 2009 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · Leave a Comment

While the debate on banning of mobiles in schools is raging it is refreshing to hear of a school that is using the mobile as a teaching device and teach proper use of the device at the same time. As the mobiles becomes smarter they will become affordable alternatives to computers. (See http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-07-27-cellphoneschool_N.htm?csp=34) While schools have long been wary of students using smart phones in classrooms, arguing the device can distract and facilitate cheating, some districts are using the technology as a learning tool. St. Mary’s, Ohio, for example, launched a pilot program that loans elementary students PDAs to draw…

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Increased concern on English & IT, a great sign!

June 26th, 2009 · Posted By Kalpana Ambrose · 1 Comment

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…

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