Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris said the views and suggestions of the private sector on the changes that need to take place in education and higher education are very important to eliminate the mismatch between higher education and the job market in this country and requested the private sector to send their suggestions and comments.
“The best course of action to eliminate the mismatch between education, higher education and the job market in this country is to consider the views and suggestions of the private sector for curriculum updates, adjustments and revisions. Therefore, we have informed the private sector to send their suggestions and comments to us in writing,” he said.
“According to them, by submitting to us in writing proposals on how to develop English education, soft skills, etc., which do not emerge from education and higher education, it will enable us to discuss at length and develop those areas in education as well as in higher education,” Prof. Peiris said.
The Minister expressed these views after inspecting the Smart Classroom at Susamaywardana College, Colombo yesterday (24).
“There are enough jobs in this country. The problem is that qualified people for jobs in the job market are not produced through the education and higher education. Therefore, we request the private sector to submit to us in writing about the soft skills required for the development of students in the field of education and higher education for the respective fields and the language skills required,” he said. “Then we will be able to provide human resources needed for both public and private sectors,” he added.
The Minister thanked the Brandix Corporation for implementing the project to set up Smart Classrooms in schools across the country.
The company is currently carrying out the smart classroom project in a number of schools under the Provincial Councils, especially in remote areas in the Northern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva and Central Provinces. Their goal is to provide education to 1 million children by this project by the year 2021.
“This will enable us to provide these facilities to all schools in Sri Lanka. It is a costly project. They deserve our respect for their contribution to such a national cause. The Ministry of Education will also give its full support for this,” He said.
Brandix Directors Ajith Johnpillai (Board Member), Senthil Eswaran (Director-East), Omar Azad, and Lawrence Vincent, Principal of Susamaywardana College, W.A. Kapila Weerasuriya, Media Secretary to the Minister Buddhika Wickramadara and a group of officials were also present.