Primary education reforms that were  initiated in 1998 in Sri Lanka were based on the national goals of education and called for a holistic education which is competency-based, activity-led and child-centered.  The  handbooks for primary education published by the National Institute of Education are the guides for the implementing of the reforms.  Unfortunately,   our schools seem to focus on preparing students for the Grade 5 scholarship examination disregarding the national curriculum and the prescribed teaching methods.  At the invitation of Mr. Wimalaweera Dissanayake,  honorable minister for education for the Eastern province, Dr. Sujata Gamage is serving as the principal investigator in an action research to reorient the schools in the Eastern Province towards a holistic education, beginning with primary grades in the Ampara education zone. Following are some of the documents produced by the action research team.

  1. Action research report (Sinhala, Tamil, English)
  2. An assessment sheet for identifying the unique capabilities of each and every child
  3. A student report card which prioritizes life competencies
  4. A set of five booklets for Grades 1-5 titled “A guide for an education which prepares studnets for life ” published by the  primary education division of the Ampara education zone
  • Grade 1 (Sinhala, Tamil, English)
  • Grade 2 (Sinhala, Tamil, English)
  • Grade 3 (Sinhala, Tamil, English)
  • Grade 4 (Sinhala, Tamil, English)
  • Grade 5 (Sinhala, Tamil, English)