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Budget 2016 and the ‘light-touch’ education policy changes therein

Views - 4656 Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00

  While the Government provides the infrastructure, the potential to transform education is in the hands of the National Institute of Education which is responsible for curricula and teacher training and development. The spotlight rea


Cultural divide in higher education and elsewhere

Views - 2247 Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

  We often hear the refrain that rural youth are smart enough, but their lack of English language skills is a major problem and so on. However, after working with local government councillors, school teachers and rural youth


Lessons on moral authority from a venerable monk

Views - 3272 Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

With Venerable Sobitha Thero’s departure, the best we can do is to learn from the path he followed and continue his efforts to engage and agitate for change. The Ven. Thero exercised a kind of moral authority unseen among the Buddhist clergy


Beyond policy silos – towards a unified qualification framework for Sri Lanka

Views - 2332 Wednesday, 4 November 2015 00:15

The HND accountancy drama a few days back is a manifestation indeed of education policy making at its silo worst                                   


Increased funding for education calls for ‘genuine’ decentralisation of education administration

Views - 2282 Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

The ‘Nearest school is the best school’ slogan adopted by the Ministry captures the essence of the solution we need in education today       Three rights are to be enshrined in a


How good are our universities?

Views - 2733 Wednesday, 21 October 2015 00:00

We have 15 universities proclaimed to be institutions of higher learning by relevant Acts of Parliament, but, are they institutions of higher learning in practice?       The need for creative


The role of universities and research institutes in an innovation economy

Views - 2252 Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00

  Universities in Sri Lanka indeed need to be drawn into the innovation economy, keeping in mind that the primary role of universities in providing the advanced human resource capacity for innovation and that a supporting industry bas


Embrace tuition to empower teachers?

Views - 1631 Wednesday, 7 October 2015 00:00

   Schools and teachers function in an extremely competitive environment where every parent aspires for the best for their children and the best is measured by success at examinations      


Can values be taught in schools?

Views - 2453 Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00

Family, religion and schools are typically seen as three main institutions through which values are passed on to the next generation. Schools always come to the forefront in public discourses about values since they are perhaps relatively


Technology, students and learning

Views - 1944 Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00

  Unlike Europe, the majority of our children come from homes where technology at home is a pipe-dream     New studies point to practical approaches for Sri Lanka ICT has offered much p


The real issue is not the size of the Cabinet but its performance

Views - 1733 Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:09

There seems to be much dissatisfaction about the size and the composition of the present Cabinet, but, it is time to accept the state of affairs and turn the spotlight on the performance of the Cabinet Ministers.  Splintering of responsibil


Making sense of the 48 portfolios in the new Cabinet

Views - 2723 Wednesday, 9 September 2015 00:00

Ranil Wickremesinghe no doubt would have liked to have a lean and mean Cabinet but the voters of this country have forced his hands otherwise     The increase of ministerial portfolios from 30 t


A Research Institute for Diyawannava – An idea long overdue

Views - 2627 Thursday, 3 September 2015 00:00

  A key proposal during the opening session of the eighth Parliament was the proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to set up a Parliamentary Research Institute   The opening session of the eighth Parliam


Drivers of change and education reforms

Views - 2291 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:00

Education, school education in particular, is an area where is efficiency of government is paramount; more importantly, radical new ideas are needed here   Education is one of the five thrust areas in the UNP manifest


A functioning state should not be seen only at election time

Views - 1810 Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

  An election is an instance when we see our State apparatus at its best     The distinction between the state and the government is not always clear. Strictly speaking, the government is made up of elec


Election promises and the youth vote

Views - 1955 Wednesday, 12 August 2015 00:00

  Currently there are 2.4 million or so youth between the ages of 18-24. The oldest among this group turned 18 during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s first presidential term       The youth vot


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Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen


The evils of translocating wild elephants

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin


Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Monday, 20 August 2018

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.


Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Monday, 20 August 2018

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on


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