May 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has made it mandatory to teach Mother Tongue, Religion and Local History in all international schools in the country from next year.
The Ministry of Education has issued a gazette notification making it made by making it mandatory to teach the three subjects to Sri Lankan students in grades 1 to 8 in all International and Private schools from 1st of January next year, the Education Minister Bnadula Gunawardena said.
A substantial amount of information pertaining to local history is required to be added to the existing history curriculum, the gazette notification stipulates.
Participating in a program at the state-run radio on Sunday, the Minister said his Ministry has received a large number of complaints on inadequate teaching on these subjects at international schools. A Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Education has approved the measure to teach those subjects, he added.
There are nearly 700 international schools in the country established during the United National Party government period as private company projects under the Company's Act and they are not under the Ministry of Education, the Minister noted.
He said a private school steering committee will be appointed before January next year to set guidelines for the international schools to regulate their operations and to ensure the order to teach the mandatory subjects is implemented.