Feb 17, Colombo: The Minister of Education Prof. GL Peiris says teaching children a wealth of subject matter to learn by heart is a major weakness in our education today and that education should enhance the personality of children to face life’s challenges and work independently.
The Minister expressed these views while participating in a ceremony held at Aloysius College, Galle yesterday (16) under the patronage of the Minister.
The Minister also inaugurated the newly constructed Smart Classroom and Media Unit at Aloysius College, Galle and inspected the existing deficiencies in the school.
The Minister of Education further stated that steps will be taken to set up a digital platform in March to receive ideas, suggestions and advice of all stakeholders including religious leaders, scholars, leaders in various fields, principals, parents, alumni, businessmen of the country regarding how the education should be structured, what changes need to take place, what support can education provide to connect our children with the future world of work etc.
The Minister further stated that the implementation of decisions regarding the country’s education system from the Ministry of Education in Isurupaya is sometimes difficult in practice and grassroots coordination is very important for that.
The Minister pointed out that one of the major shortcomings of our education is the mismatch of the education received by the students with the employment opportunities.
Although there are plenty of job opportunities in many businesses, due to the failure of many of those who emerge from education to achieve the qualifications and skills expected by employment agencies has created a gap between education and employment opportunities, the Education Minister explained. He added that the government intends to change this through future education reforms.
The Minister further stated that special attention should be given to specialized areas such as information technology, computer technology, languages and communication skills in the education system and through the development of those areas a significant contribution can be made to uplift the economy of the country.
The Minister pointed out that a number of initiatives have recently been implemented in the education system, including providing Smart classrooms to schools, modernizing university courses and increasing access opportunities. He also stressed that the success and effectiveness of action taken at the national level depends on the support of all parties.
Minister of Plantation Industries Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Secretary of Education Prof. Kapila Perera, Past Pupil of Aloysius College Dilith Jayaweera, Dhammika Perera, Media Secretary of the Ministry of Education Buddhika Wickramadara and many others were present on this occasion.