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* Sri Lanka President launches third phase of English language initiative
Tue, Feb 19, 2013, 09:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today at Temple Trees launched the third phase of the Presidential Initiative 'English as a life skill' through which the English language skills are developed across the country with a special focus on Spoken English.

The President handed over a set of 50 English language learning DVDs for grades 10 and 11 together with a toolbox of activities for Spoken English for grades 6 to 11.

Prepared under a directive of the President, the innovative new language teaching tools have been produced by mobilizing the skills and talents available in the state education system within the Ministry of Education.

The programme promotes English Language Skills, especially speaking and communication skills across the country with the guidance and support of the Presidential Task Force on English and IT, the Ministry of Education, and the Provincial Ministries of Education.

Speaking during the occasion Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena said measures would be implemented in 2015 to award extra 10 points to students taking the G.C.E. Ordinary Level exam for effective English communication.

Presidential advisor Dr. Sunimal Fernando, Monitoring MP of education Ministry Mohan Lal Grero, and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga also participated in the occasion.

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