Friday, March 14, 2014


Education Minister submits Cabinet Paper
The spoken test will be conducted separately for each student after the final day of the GCE Ordinary Level (O/L) examination.
The Education Ministry has sought Cabinet approval to allocate 20 marks to students for their listening and spoken abilities of the English language at the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination from next year onwards. 
The Ministry has taken a policy decision to conduct such a test along with the Ordinary Level Examination. Accordingly, the Ministry, in a Cabinet memorandum submitted recently, has sought approval to conduct the listening test in the examination centres on the same day after the written paper for the English language subject is conducted. It will be done according to a format prepared by a committee.
The spoken test will be conducted separately for each student after the final day of the Ordinary Level examination, or within three days depending on the number of candidates. Twenty marks will be awarded to students at both the tests.
Cabinet approval has been sought to make these two tests compulsory for the candidates sitting the exam. The results of absentees will be withheld.
The Ministry has asked for Rs.100 million to set up the necessary facilities at exam centres for this purpose. Besides, another Rs.21 million is sought to be allocated to the Department of Examination this year for preparatory activities.
The National Education Commission has recommended these two tests.
Source - DailyMirror

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Royal Thomian Big Match 135th Battle of the Blues-Score

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S.Thomas' College 325/8d
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The 135th ‘Battle of the Blues’ Big Match,the 2nd longest uninterrupted cricket match series in the world, between Royal College and S. Thomas’ College to be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds (SSC) Colombo on 13th, 14th and 15th March at 9am onward.

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In its long history this is first time that a special logo has been created for the Royal-Thomian encounter.The gold coin will be used for tossing.

The new logo and the Gold Toss Coin were ceremonially unveiled at a press conference held at The Auditorium, Ministry of Sports, Race Course, Colombo 7 on March 6.
Creating history the Big Match logo has been conceived taking into account vital factors related to the history of the Royal-Thomain encounter.

The logo maintains simplicity and derives its shape from the prestigious D. S. Senanayake Memorial Shield for which the match is fought.

The year indication at the top of the logo stands for the date of the first encounter.

The appearance of the two school crests, follow the order of the name of the match.

The usage of old English typography for the name of the match is to signify the rich heritage and prestige of the event.

Royal Thomian Big Match Score News Photos 135th Battle of the Blues 2014The text under the name of the match is a unique one given only to the match between these two schools owing to the colours of their school flags.

The colour schemes are self-explanatory. Finally the cricketer is the personification of the sport itself.

According to the Royal-Thomian 2014 Committee Chairman, Harith Jayasuriya, the logo will be used every year for better identity and acceptance of the Big Match giving it added prestige and exclusivity.

The gold coin will be kept safely in a Bank vault to be used annually.

“This combined intuitive is creating history which is a renaissance for the Royal-Thomian after 135 years,” he added.

“The annual Royal -Thomian Big Match is arguably the most prestigious and looked forward to cricketing encounter in the Sri Lankan schools cricket calendar. I am extremely pleased once again to be a part of this historic event, which is going from strength-to-strength in terms of cricketing excellence, attendance and public interest,” he further said.

The match, which is played for the prestigious D. S. Senanayake Memorial Shield will be held at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds (SSC) on March 13, 14 and 15.

The 3-day encounter will be followed by the 39th ‘Mustangs Trophy’ One Day encounter on 22nd March, also played at SSC.

This year too, the match is sponsored by Etisalat Sri Lanka.

This would be the 5th consecutive year that Etisalat Sri Lanka has come in to boost this cricket encounter between these two traditional rivals.

Etisalat was awarded the bid in 2013 to sponsor this prestigious cricket encounter for 3 years.

Last year’s 134th Battle of the Blues saw Royal College emerge as Champions, while the Mustang’s Trophy was also won by Royal College.

The match is preceded by the legendary cycle parade which usually takes place on the day before the Big Match, with the official objective of visiting the captain’s house to encourage him.

This annual encounter has been played by the schools from 1879 onwards.

The 3-day match is acknowledged to be second-longest uninterrupted cricket match series in the world and is affectionately known as the ‘Battle of the Blues’ due to the blue colour shared by the two colleges.

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Source :SundayTimes

Monday, March 10, 2014

100 students taken into custody - Big Match Cricket Fever Sri Lanka

Big Match Cricket Fever Sri LankaMore than 100 students of a leading boys’ school were taken into custody this morning on charges of having forcibly entered several leading girls’ schools in Colombo. March & April months are considered as Big Match fever months in Sri Lanka. Jumping into girls' schools was a tradition of Big Match but now it has banned but some school boys still doing it.
The students were released a few hours later after a stiff warning.

'බිග් මැච්' සිසුන් 100 ක් අත්අඩංගුවට
පාසල් අතර පැවැත්වෙන මහා ක්රිකට් තරග අතරතුර අශෝභන ලෙස හැසිරුණු පාසල් ශිෂ්යයන් 100 දෙනෙකු පොලිස් අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන අවවාද කර මුදා හැර තිබේ.
අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් සිසුන් පිරිසට එල්ල වී ඇති චෝදනාවන් වන්නේ කාන්තා විද්යාලවලට බලහත්කාරයෙන් ඇතුල්වීම, මාර්ගයේ අශෝභන ලෙස හැසිරීම හා රථවාහනවලට බාධා කිරීමය.මෙම සිසුන් කොල්ලුපිටිය, බම්බලපිටිය, කුරුදුවත්ත පොලිස් ස්ථාන මගින් අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන අවවාද කර මුදා හැර ඇත.

Police has requested the school students not to act in a manner that causes obstruction to the public when celebrating the big-match season.
Speaking at a media briefing, Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana also asked students to avoid behaving in a troublesome manner near girls’ schools.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sri Lanka School Curriculum to be changed this year

Sri Lanka School Curriculum to be changed this year
The school curriculum is to be changed this year 2014.

The composition of the school curriculum is to be changed this year.  The National Educational Institute is carrying out the changes at present.
The curriculum of schools is changed once in every 8 years.  This was stated by the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Education Hemantha Premathilaka participating in the Subharathee Discussion Programme of the SLBC this morning.  He said that when punishing the students teachers should focus more attention on carrying out such punishments without affecting the mental status of the students.  He said that the United Nations Convention has pointed out that providing advisory service is better than punishment.  The Additional Secretary pointed out that the attention of the Ministry has been focused on establishing Child Protection Committees centering the schools. 
Joining the discussion Professor Praneeth Abeysundera of the Social Science Unit of the Sri Jayawardenapura University said that surveys carried out recently have indicated that students are using more time on Computers than watching television programmes.  He said that due to the breakdown in the relationship between the students and the parents, children are focusing more attention on these activities.
Source -SLBC

External Degree Examination-special Board to conduct

External Degree Examination Sri Lanka-special Board to conduct
A special Board to conduct External Degree Examination.
Minister of Higher Education S B Dissanayake said that steps have been taken to improve the quality of External Degree of the Universities.
He said that the quality of this degree needs to be improved to become it acceptable on an international level.  The Minister said that information has been received that in the recent past students who have not even passed 5 subjects in the GCE Ordinary Level Examination properly have obtained external degrees and it misleads the students.  The Minister said that a special Board will be appointed to hold the external degree examination by the Examination Department and the University Grants Commission.  It will become necessary for the External Degree students to pass an examination that will be held by this Board.
Registrations can now be made to obtain external degrees from the Open Universities.  In addition to this possibilities have been made to undertake a degree course by studying the technical courses conducted by Skills Development Ministry and the Higher Technical Institutions of that Ministry.  Meanwhile, new study courses have been introduced to the Universities and English and Information Technology have been given priority in these new courses.
Source -SLBC

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