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Critical evaluation needed to ascertain teaching methods- GL

Education Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said a critical evaluation is required to ascertain whether the present methods of teaching have achieved the objectives of education.

The Education Minister was of that special focus should be made on two areas namely the method of teaching and the school curriculum.

“The child today has resorted to rote learning aimed at examinations. It will never help unearth a child’s intuitive creativity and talents,” he said.

Addressing a group of senior officials of the National Institute of Education on Thursday evening, Prof. Peiris said that this method of learning does not stay with the children for life.

This method does not focus on the development of a child’s analytical and critical thinking skills.

“It does not focus on getting students to apply what they have learned to overcome future challenges,” he said.

The Education Minister added that the school curriculum will be revised after obtaining views from all stakeholders including teachers, principals, professionals, students and parents.

“We will conduct seminars at district level to educate the public on the importance of school curriculum revision. Views are expected from all sectors of the country to identify and rectify the shortcomings in the school curriculum,” Minister Prof. G.L.Peiris said.

The Minister added that an in-depth study needs to be done to ascertain whether university graduates are fully satisfied with the employment they receive after graduation.

“We should look into whether there is any parity between their educational standards and the demands in the job market,” he said.

He said that business community is ready to make more investments in the country but the education system should be capable of producing human resources to meet their demands.

The Minister also stressed the importance of creating an atmosphere for all graduates in the country to live with dignity.

“Plans are under way for the construction of 10 new universities in the country with the assistance of Asian Development Bank,” he said.

The Minister said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given priority for development of the human resources sector through the Education Ministry.

He said five ministries which were functioning separately, have been brought under the Education Ministry to achieve this objective.

State Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Dr. Seetha Arambepola, Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera and NIE Director General Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne was present.


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