Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunge on Wednesday stressed the need to revolutionise Sri Lanka s school curriculum, both from an academic as well as an extracurricular standpoint.
Sri Lanka s education system has undergone a lot of tinkering over a period of time, at the behest of individuals rather than a body of cohesive and rational thinkers. This has resulted in rather disjointed system that leaves the student totally unprepared for the world of work, he said.
It is true that the curricula need an overhaul. The education system is designed for those who cram and pass exams. The kids do not learn much. However, the schools are poorly run. Most students depend on tuition and this system is part of the current culture.
Universities are the same. Lecturers do not update their material for decades.
So much potential and so many smart kids but we are not doing well.