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* Local languages, religion and history subjects will be made compulsory for private schools in Sri Lanka
Mon, Dec 9, 2013, 10:27 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 09, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to make local languages, religion and local history compulsory subjects for private schools in the country including international schools.

Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena told the local media that Sinhala, Tamil, religion and local history will be made compulsory subjects to be taught in private and international schools.

The Education Minister has made the proposal on a recommendation by the National Education Commission (NEC) and it has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Gunawardena said that the new programme will be implemented from next year and some international schools have agreed to implement it from January.

He explained that several parents whose children are being educated in international schools have made representations to him requesting that the teaching of either Sinhala or Tamil to students be made compulsory so that the students are in touch with their respective languages they speak at home.

He observed that local history is compulsory since even private schools in the US teach local history to their students.

Gunawardena has added that legislation to regularize private and international schools in the country will be tabled in parliament shortly.

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