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‘English education at schools exam-oriented’

A large number of students cannot speak and understand English even they have been learning it at schools and tuition classes for 10 years, said Principal of Sastra Ravinda Vidyayathana Pirivena, Gokarella, Ven. Pandith Dunukedeniye Kusala Dhamma Thera on Saturday.

The Thera was addressing a special meeting held at the Pirivena on the weekend to discuss the ways to improve the standard of English knowledge of the students .

The Thera said a report issued by the Commissioner of Examinations shows 133,378 students had failed English at the O/L exam last year.

The Thera said that every child learns English from Grade 3 to 13, but they leave school with insufficient knowledge of English. Lack of qualified English teachers , especially at rural schools has resulted in this pathetic situation, the Thera said..

Language learning and teaching in Sri Lanka had become test-oriented rather than for practical use. Many curricula in the school education are book based. When classes follow text books, learning and teaching both get restricted to some extent, the Thera said.

“Vocabulary and grammar are taught mostly with reading and writing rather than verbal communication.

The Education authorities should look into these shortcomings and take action to improve the standard of English education at schools,” the Thera said.

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