The government’s main aim is to create a value based future generation, which can drive the country forward to achieve future goals, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
“Children are children and therefore there can be no categorization of children. The government stands for the betterment of all children,” the President added.
President Rajapaksa was addressing an event organized to mark the official launch of the new Advanced Level stream to the school system at Temple Trees yesterday (20).
A Technology stream was introduced to the Advanced Level curriculum by the President. The President added aesthetic subjects and other subjects as well, play a pivotal role in moulding young minds. A significant turning point in the country’s education sector is witnessed with the introduction of the Technology Stream to the Advanced Level curriculum. “The technology stream is introduced as the fifth stream from this year in keeping with modern trends,” the President noted.
The present day Advanced Level curricula comprises four streams, Science, Mathematics, Commerce and Arts.
“Each year, around 350,000 students sit the Advanced Level examination and out of them 25,000 qualify to enter universities. Around 300,000 youths, who sit the examination following the four streams enter the job market annually. A greater number of them though fail to obtain gainful employment since the four streams are not basically job oriented. Since the four streams are academic streams, the students have to follow many other courses to obtain proficiency in various fields.
Therefore, aiming to quench the huge demand in the job market, the technology stream is introduced,” the President said. At the initial stage, the new stream will be available at 200 schools so as to cover every Divisional Secretariat Division and the number will be expanded gradually. The Education Ministry will provide all facilities for schools at which the technology stream is to be started.
President Rajapaksa said the government never lets issues to drag on. No children are victimized over any issue. The people had to undergo immense hardship to achieve this prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the country. As a result of this great sacrifice not only children, but, also anyone can travel throughout the country without any fear.
“Unlike the past, students need not creep into jungles to protect their lives from the terrorists. Similarly Tamil students are also free to engage in their educational activities since they are no more recruited forcefully by the LTTE as child soldiers. Everyone can be proud about being Sri Lankan”, the President added.
Speaking on the developments of the higher education sector, the President said, 26,000 students are recruited to universities for various undergraduate courses annually. This amount is a significant forward march in the higher education sector since the figure was 11,000 in 2005.
“Considering the trends in the technological world, the Technology field was introduced.
However, there should be an attitudinal change by parents about the technology stream since technology field will perform a major role in the future similar to the medical, engineering or arts fields,” The President said. The President stressed on the necessity of having a disciplined society enriched with cultural values, such as, nursing and protecting elders.
The Advanced Level classes of all streams for those who have got through the Ordinary Level Examination 2012 have been scheduled to commence on July 15.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Chief Guest at a ceremony held at Temple Trees yesterday to mark the official launch of the new Advanced Level stream to the school system where the Technology subject was introduced.