The Ministry of Education, along with key stakeholders in education and the media, will introduce distance learning programmes for all grades via electronic media from 15 November 2020 as the schools are still open due to the country’s COVID-19 pandemic.
Secretary of State Ministry of Education Reforms, Promotion of Open Universities and Distance Learning Dr. Upali M. Sedara released a special statement yesterday (09) saying that education for school children should continue using alternative methods during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Secretary of State Dr. Sedara also stated that “Thus educational programs are being planned by the Ministry of Education, the State Ministry of Education Reforms, the Promotion of Open Universities and Distance Learning in partnership with the National Institute of Education, leading schools in the Western Province, leading schools in Jaffna, the Provincial Departments of Education.
Cabinet approval for this decision has already been obtained and consultations have already been held with representatives of state and private channels on broadcasting activities. Educational programs are therefore scheduled to begin on November 15 in Sinhala, Tamil and English mediums during the day, focusing on the main subjects of Grades 3 , 4 and 5, the main subjects of Grades 6 to 11 and the main subjects of all streams in the Advanced Level schools.
“These educational programs are compiled and produced by experienced teachers in government leading schools and are supervised by subject directors. Programmes have been prepared according to the syllabus for the subjects of the relevant grades for the 3rd term of the academic year 2020.” the statement also said.
The students will be informed about the channels subjects and schedules of the broadcasts in due time.