Friday, June 28, 2013
A/L new technology subject stream
Minister of Education Mr. Bandula Gunawardana said that the fourth turning point in education in line with fulfilling the objective of creating a knowledge based society as mentioned in Mahinda Chinthana Prospectus occurred on 20th June 2013 and through this direction, a real change in the lives of all born and unborn children will happen.
The minister expressed these ideas while attending the function to introduce advanced level new technology subject stream to the nation under the patronage of HE the President Mahinda Rajapakse at Temple Trees on 20th June 2013.
After 1815 English education system prevailed in the country and it catered to a limited number of privileged elite social class people. Patriotic people such as Henry Olcott and Anagarika Dharmapala made the first turning point in education by opening Buddhist schools. After passing the free education act, Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara created the second turning point in education by opening 54 central colleges and the third turning point was done by Madam Sirimavo Bandaranayake taking over the schools under the government control, the minister stated.
The minister further emphasized that for the fourth turning point of introducing technology subject stream, several reasons caused and creating a qualified human resource for the available employments is the major one among those reasons. At present the percentages of students learning in advanced level can be categorized as Science and Mathematics subject stream 21%, Commerce subject stream 27% and Arts subject stream 52%. It is expected to change these percentages, increasing the advanced level Science and Mathematics subject stream up to 40%, Commerce subject stream up to 35% and reducing arts subject stream back to 25% by the year 2016. In line with these changes computer literacy rate also will be increased up to 75%, the minister further stated.
For the students who follow this new subject stream and qualify for the university entrance, a Science and Technology faculty will be created in the universities by 2016 and a new degree will be awarded as “Bachelor of Technology” (B tech), the minister said.
The new technology subject stream will be started on the 15th of next month in 200 schools selected from the 1000 secondary schools and HE the President Mahinda Rajapakse has instructed to change the history and create a proper education system which does not mislead the children.
Establishment of Mahindodaya scholarship program was also initiated at this occasion and the president handed over his salary of June to the minister of education as the first donation to this fund.
Registration of the first student for this new technology subject stream was done by the president and he registered a student of Devi Balika Vidyalaya using the TV technology from the Temple Trees. Handing over of the new syllabus to the principals representing nine provinces was also happened at this occasion.