Throwing the book at students

  • 5 Mar 2007 03:13:11 GMT

    Thank God, they did not have a rule like this at the time I did my A/Ls.

    I did not go to the classes for the entire second year.

    First started ditching classes for various reasons, and then found there is little point attending classes sporadically.

    Managed only with tuition and self studies.


  • 5 Mar 2007 03:58:49 GMT

    I have attended tuition classes. I found that it was of great assistance in achieving good A/L results. I have also attended the school regularly, where I completed the entire set of laboratory practicals in the A/L curriculum. I found the school important for two things.

    (a) It provided us a place to build up a social life, to have friends and to engage in various other activities. Mostly malicious, these activities gave us the strength to face the life.

    (b) It provided us with structure and facilities, which some often do not see as important. One thing I can assure is no tuition class is capable of providing these facilities.

    No doubt, the tuition is essential. Even though A/L teachers of schools are mostly lazy and entitled to be varuguru, it is worth hanging around.

    BTW, attending tuition for O/L is a joke. If you score enough to qualify to study A/L in your desired field that`s more than enough. At the age of an O/L student, you should be as free as a bird. Don`t worry I`ve seen students with 10Ds (or As nowadays) going down the drain at A/L.

  • 5 Mar 2007 04:38:20 GMT

    This article obviously addresses this issue to discredit the ministry of education,which is trying to tackle an important problem with reservation . The article does not show the other side of the coin which Ministry of education do not want to bring out in to public attention fearing a back lash on the ethnic issue. We saw a similar situation in 70`s when Cyril Matthew a Singhlaese Chauvinist brought in to light some facts which could have caused a turmoil, if Education Minister had given the green light to look in to the allegations Cyril Mathew was making.

    It should not be a matter of much importance to the Ministry of Education whether the students have a minimum of 85% of attendance in the School to sit for the GCE(AL) exam as the criteria for university selection is not based on continuous acesment of the students achievements , a requirement applicable in higher education Institutes. The issue of the attendance of the students to school should have been dealt by the relevant school itself regardless of the GCE(AL) exam.

    So what is behind this move? Government could curb Tuition classes functioning during School hours if they are so much worried about School teachers conducting private tuition during School time. What they have to do is to raid those classes and punish those teachers as they are doing with doctors.

    The real reason behind this issue is that a significant proportion of Students registered in Schools of educationally underprivileged areas are living in major cities, where there are private tuition classes who are preparing those students for the GCE(AL) exam. They get the benefit of the tuition class as well as being registered in schools of educationally under privileged areas when it comes to the `Z` score.

    The secondary education in Sri Lanka had turned in to an exam oriented system because of the limited opportunities available in the free higher education system the country is trying to drag on in the 21st century without bringing most needed educational reforms.

  • 5 Mar 2007 04:55:53 GMT

    Hmm wonder which children are unable to attend classes 80% of the time hmmmm? Any ideas? This sould put the ministry`s edict in perspective now.

  • 6 Mar 2007 07:31:31 GMT

    Before the politicians impose rules of 80% attendance, lets ask them how many days schools are closed due to elections...???

    how many children are unable to attend school due to improper transport and roads ? are these mindless politicians aware that there are kids who walk 16-20km daily to reach school.. ?? i am not exaggerating, but this is the sad truth..there are certain instances where they have to walk thru` the thick jungle and are attacked by wild elephants and other dangerous animals.

    taking few of the many many more shortcomings into account, it is better the minister think realistically rather than trying to be smart.

  • 8 Mar 2007 00:42:46 GMT

    It is wise to allow the children to sit for the exams.Families have numerous difficulties, especially in a war/civil unrest back ground. A child has one more opportunity here. Tests are normally not dependent only on schooling, but on natural intellect too. To force anyone to do anything is NOT WISE.

    An example is how the civil condition started in Sri Lanka. Jealousy and greed (as opposed to Gauthama Bhuddist teaching) for the degree and abandoning ancient traditions. Each MUST do what one is good at and it is well recorded in ones ancestral behaviors/ in genetic past occupations. Bhuddist, Tamil/Hindu, Christian/Catholic, Muslim/Islam all have their own behavioral ancestors and if you turn the pages of history and look YOU will find your paths. Do not `cross` path which creates WAR and enemies. Let us treat each other with ONE UNIVERSAL TRUTH- that is KINDNESS.