IT as an A/L subject from 2011
The Education Ministry has introduced Information Technology (IT) to
the Advanced Level curriculum as a subject this year in line with the
Presidential initiative to arm the younger generation with English and
Information Technology knowledge, Education Minister Susil Premajayanth
Students will be able to study IT as a subject from 2011 for the
first time in the education history.
The Minister addressing a gathering at St. John’s College, Nugegoda
said 40,000 students have applied to follow IT as a subject at the
Advanced Level this year.
“When comparing with last year a larger number of students have
applied for IT. This situation can be identified as a fruitful outcome
of the Presidential initiative,” Minister Premajayanth said.
The Education Ministry has taken steps to train 62,000 teachers out
of 218,000 to teach IT.
The Ministry has planned to train 100,000 teachers while another
12,000 teachers will receive subject centred training. Ruwanpura College
of Education which will commence academic activities shortly, will be
converted to an IT education centre.
The service of professors in IT sector in Colombo, Peradeniya,
Moratuwa and other universities will be utilised to teach IT in
Ruwanpura College of Education, Premajayanth said.
“The National Institute of Education is engaged in building up a
network among schools. The network is called ‘School Net’ which will be
a useful tool for the school system. The schools linked to School Net
can be able to share their academic activities and experiences such as
sharing questionnaires, tutorials, lessons and much more with other
“Therefore the School Net will perform a major role in IT and
academic activities,” the Minister added.