Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa ensuring that education is given priority as promised in his manifesto has focused his attention on rapid changes in many aspects of the education sector.
Admission of students to universities immediately after the release of GCE A/L results, recruitment of unemployed graduates with training, provision of higher education opportunities for all students who have passed the GCE A/L examination and prioritization of IT subject are among the measures, especially considered by the President.
The President expressed his views during a discussion with Education and Higher Education Ministers and officials this morning.
Speaking on the occasion, President Rajapaksa said that the country needs to move towards an education system that can produce a generation of talented children with skills necessary for a technology based world economy.
The attention was focused on to create an environment free of the exam-centered education to relieve the children from the unbearable burden of examinations.
The President explained the importance of paying attention on how the recommendations and syllabuses structured in accordance with international standards as well as the needs of the country.
He emphasized that the educational decisions should be free from politics and immediate steps should be taken to train the unemployed graduates to fit the vacancies available at state institutions.
Attention was also paid to enroll the students who have passed the A/L examination in 2018 as soon as possible. The President stressed to take measures to enroll students to universities within a short period from 2019.
Attention was also given to provide opportunity for all students who got through the GCE A/L examination.
In the short term, Diploma courses will be established in the university system to produce the workforce the country needs.
The President pointed out that Teacher Training Colleges of Education and Hotel Schools should be started targeting the job market. He also stressed the importance of adding the University of Batticaloa to the National University system as soon as possible and using it as a national resource.
The President said the time has come to give the universities the opportunity to prepare course work looking into the needs of the country. Universities should be encouraged to do so, and measures should be taken to uplift the field of education turning away from false doctrines.
The importance of setting up of universities covering all districts as well as in Galle, Matara, and Hambantota was discussed. The President also pointed out that the possibility of renovating and utilizing unused buildings located in large areas should be explored.
President Rajapaksa said the country should be gifted with more children in science and math fields and the children in the arts streams should be empowered with IT knowledge.
President Rajapaksa noted that the children who go abroad for higher education should be afforded the opportunity to pursue their studies in the country.
It was also discussed at the meeting that a national policy should be formulated for the education sector within one year.
Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister Bandula Gunawardena, State Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and state officials were present at the meeting.