Sept 14, Colombo: The program '13 Years Certified Education' to provide continuous education for every child will be implemented from October, the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says.
The Minister has directed the Ministry of Education to implement the project in order to provide education for all children as some children under the current system do not have the opportunity to continue education beyond the 10th year.
The Minister points out that about 250,000 to 300,000 students sit for the GCE Ordinary Level Examination every year but around 120,000 students lose the opportunity to follow studies beyond that.
The new system will allow the students, who do not pass the GCE Ordinary Level to proceed to Advanced Level, to pursue vocational studies to succeed in future.
Under the project 26 new vocational subjects will be introduced for students who do not pass the GCE Ordinary Level. Once they finished the vocational education course they will be awarded a NVQ level 4 certification.
The government has allocated Rs. 5 billion to implement the '13 Years Certified Education' covering the entire school system from 2019. The pilot project will be launched next month.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Education plans to provide the facilities to 4,419 students in 42 national schools selected to cover all districts.
The project will have 134 classrooms, 27 Smart Class Rooms, 27 multitask classrooms, 33 aesthetic units, 25 libraries with books on vocational fields and 92 multi-media screens.
The project will introduce 26 new technical subjects to the education system and the students will be offered both theoretical and practical knowledge in subject areas.
The subjects include psychology, physical education, performing arts, home decor, gardening, food processing science, agriculture, aquatic resource research, plantation management, apparel and garment production, welding, software, ecology, website design and tourism.
The primary objective of the 13 year certified education is for students who fail the GCE O/L examination to receive vocational education, provide certified professionals to build the economy and eliminate unemployment.