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Ending of the first school term and commencing of the second school term of the year 2018

First school term of Sinhala and Tamil medium government schools and government approved schools will end on Friday the 06th of April 2018 and the second school term will commence on Monday the 23th of April 5 2018.

For Muslim schools, the first school term will end on Wednesday the 11th of April 2018 and the first stage of the second school term will commence on Wednesday the 18th of April 2018.

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Retirement of Mr. S.U. Wijeratne, Additional Secretary (Policy Planning and Performance Review) Ministry of Education

Completing a service par excellence of more than 35 years for the General Education system of Sri Lanka as well as for the younger generation exceeding four million, teachers exceeding two hundred and thirty thousand, officers in Principals’ Service, Teacher Educator Service and Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service, Mr. S.U. Wijeratne, Additional Secretary, Policy Planning and Performance Review shall officially conclude his unparalleled service extended with great love, respect and a wider perception, on 16th March 2018 and retire from the government service. We wish him every happiness in his retirement.

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Pact about the development of higher level thinking skills on Geometry within the teachers of Mathematics and the students

The Mathematics Branch of the Ministry of Education has made arrangements to create a pact about Geometry which gives an upper level thinking ability in order to improve the education of the teachers of Mathematics and the students who learn the subject.

The Geometry included in the subject of Mathematics is helpful to develop the higher level thinking abilities such as logical thinking, scientific vision and problem solving skills within the students. But according to the evaluation reports prepared by the Department of Examinations it has been identified that during the last few years, selection of questions related to Geometry for answering by the students in the Mathematics paper at the G.C.E. (O/L) examination has been low and also the answers given by the students were not up to the expected level.

Meanwhile The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the relevant officers to take necessary actions to improve the teaching and learning process through evaluation of subjects on a scientific basis.

Accordingly, in this pact it is expected to identify the past, present and future tendencies of the Geometry and the ideas and proposals raised there to be directed to the Academic Committee of the Mathematics Education of the Ministry of Education and to use them for the development of Mathematics education.

It is scheduled to conduct this pact from 9.00am to 4.30pm on Wednesday 14th of May with the headship of the Secretary of Education at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute that is organized by the Mathematics Branch of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the J.E. Jayasooriya Foundation to mark the hundredth birth anniversary of Mr. J.E. Jayasooriya who rendered a yeoman service to the Mathematics education in this country.

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All schools in the country will be closed on 09th February for local government election purposes. In addition to this another 19 schools and two national colleges of education will be closed on 07, 08 and 09 of February.

All schools in the country will be closed on 09.02.2018 for local government election purposes. In addition to this, another 19 schools and two national colleges of education that are scheduled to be used for the duties of issuing and receiving ballet boxes and other stationeries, are scheduled to be closed on 07,08,and 09 of February, 2018. (The list of these 19 schools and two colleges of education is mentioned below.)

All closing schools and the relevant colleges of education will be reopened on Monday, 12.02.2018.

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Let’s be the real owners of a victorious independence

The remarkable incident of becoming our country independent after a period of 133 years of imperial rule happened 70 years earlier from today. We can never forget at this moment of celebrating the 70 years of independence the immense dedication of all Sri Lankans belonging to all ethnic groups who loved the country, appeared bravely for the independence of the country and ultimately sacrificed their lives for the country. First of all I commemorate all of them with due respect.

AS during the period of seven decades after obtaining the independence, it has been occurred to us to talk about the freedom further and to provide interpretations for real human independence. People still struggle for the freedom of thought, freedom of speech and also the freedom of life.

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“Necessary changes will be brought about within the education system of the country concerning the international trends and future employment opportunities”

“Necessary changes will be brought about within the education system of the country concerning the international trends and future employment opportunities”

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says at the national function for grade one admissions.

The children who enter the grade one of the schools in 2018 will leave the schools in 2030 after completing 13 years school education. By that time, the higher education opportunities and the employment opportunities created for them will be considerably changed.

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‘The decision taken to direct the school children to use newly printed school textbooks for a period of two years is a decision taken in good faith’ – says the Minister of Education

“The steps will be taken in the future to finalize all conducting affairs of the Ordinary Level Examination within the month of December – Action will be taken to increase the allowance for scripts marking examiners also” – The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that the decision taken to direct the school children to use the free school textbooks given to them by the government at least for a period of two years is a decision taken in good faith. The minister stated this when he participated today (11) in the national function of textbooks distribution held at D.S. Senanayaka College, Colombo.

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The Minister of Education orders to extent the valid duration of the vouchers issued to the school children for purchasing school uniforms till 30th January.

The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has ordered to extent the valid duration of the vouchers issued to the school children for purchasing school uniforms till 30th January.

The government continues to provide free uniform vouchers annually to the school children. Accordingly the valid duration of the uniform vouchers issued to the children last year was up to 31.12.2017.

But considering the inconvenience caused to the children who could not obtain the vouchers due to any reason The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has given instructions to extend the valid period of uniform vouchers till 30.01.2018.

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Grade one admissions for 2018 are on 15th January 2018

A function is held annually to admit children to grade one in schools and this year the national function for grade one admissions has been scheduled to be held at 8.00 am on 15th January 2018 at Isipathana College, Colombo.
In line with this, all Provincial Secretaries of Education and Provincial Directors of Education have been informed to take action to start the classes for grade one students formally in all government schools and government assisted / non-assisted private schools on 15th January 2018.

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Kelaniya University joins with the Ministry of Education to empower the e-learning process

Special attention of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has been drawn towards the combination of digital learning technology with the school education system in order to create a generation of excellent teachers who are capable of encountering modern technical challenges successfully and also able to contribute actively to achieve the quality of education.

Under this scheme steps have been taken to activate several e-learning activities including the preparation of creative digital education programs, creating digital learning aids so as to generate a productive e-learning environment within the schools through the Information and Communication Technology and the training of teachers for this purpose.

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