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Sri Lanka gets $100M World Bank loan to modernize secondary education

Jul 25, 2018 12:59 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka will get 100 million US dollar concessionary loan from the World Bank to diversify and upgrade secondary school curricular to global standards, focusing on English language and Mathematics, the Ministry of Finance said.

"Greater emphasis will be on strategic subjects that are critical for economic development such as English and Mathematics," the Ministry of Finance said in a statement Wednesday.

Learning material for English language and Mathematics will be developed digitally and focus on delivering quality education to children in more disadvantaged regions.

The project will also broaden choices for A-level students giving them the flexibility to select subjects across the arts, management, science, technology, and vocational streams. 

“Sri Lanka has made impressive progress in expanding access to education. However, to reach the status of an Upper Middle-Income Country, it needs to further improve the overall learning outcomes," said World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough.

The World Bank loan is for Sri Lanka's General Education Mordernisation Project.

“The project will support the government to modernise primary and secondary education in line with international standards that have been established in middle-income and high-income countries," said World Bank Lead Economist and Task Team Leader for the project Harsha Aturupane.

"Successful implementation of the overall general education reform program and the key priorities supported by this project should lead to improved learning outcomes and higher socio-emotional skills among students," he said.   (COLOMBO, 25 July 2018)