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The student’s performances in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Bio-technology streams have gone up according to the results of G.C.E. (A/L) results of 2018

results- Rapid increase in the number of students studying Engineering and Bio-technology
- Results also have gone up

According to the results of G.C.E. (A/L) 2018 issued last Friday, it is obvious that the performances of the students following Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Bio-technology streams have increased when it compared with that of 2017.

In 2017, 44,269 students sat for the exam under the Bio-Science subject stream and out of that 25,178 students were qualified for university entrance. The percentage of it was 56.88%.

In 2018, 46,244 students sat for the exam under the Bio-Science subject stream. The number of students who qualified for university entrance has gone up to 27,402 and the percentage of it is 59.25%.

In 2017, 32,075 students sat for the exam under the Physical Science subject stream and out of that 17,584 students were qualified for university entrance. The percentage of pass rate was 54.82%. In 2018, 32,311 students sat for the exam under the Physical Science subject stream and out of that, the number of students who were qualified for university entrance has gone up to 18,514. The percentage value of it is 57.29%.

In the same way in 2017, 10,682 students sat for the exam under the Engineering Technology subject stream and out of that 6,163 students were qualified for university entrance. Percentage of pass rate was 57.7%. In 2018, 13,950 students sat for the exam under the Engineering Technology subject stream and the number of students who qualified for university entrance has gone up to 8,097. The percentage value of it is 58.04%.

In addition to this, in 2017, 6,970 students sat for the exam under the Bio-Technology subject stream and out of that 4,303 students were qualified for university entrance. Percentage of pass rate was 61.74%. In 2018, 9,463 students sat for the exam under the Bio-Technology subject stream and the number of students who qualified for university entrance has gone up to 6,088. The percentage value of it is 64.33%.

In order to create a generation of students who are empowered with innovative skills that can succeed employment opportunities and the ever changing technological world, currently a dialogue has been created throughout the world about the expanding of STEM education opportunities.

Under the direction of the Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam the present government gave the priority to promote STEM education during the past few years and in accordance with that, took the steps to provide necessary computer facilities as well as the science and mathematical equipment and tools to the schools. Further, the steps were taken to fill the teacher vacancies in those sections and to provide necessary trainings to the teachers.

According to the instructions of the of the Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, the steps were taken to appoint a special committee consisted of a group including the famous science educators, scientists, university lecturers and the scholars of various institutions in Sri Lanka to investigate the possibilities for practical implementation of STEM education within the education system in this country.

This committee has submitted the proposals for the creation of a child who gives the priority to the nature, environment and the practicability through the primary education and under the secondary education to expand the STEM education opportunities of Grades 6 -10 students and to increase the teaching amounts of the subjects Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics while giving the priority to the practicality.

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