ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka plans to boost internet facilities at state schools and add artificial intelligence to the curriculum, as part of reforms to the education system, an official said.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be added to the syllabus of Grade 10 students from 2023 onwards and teachers will receive training, the official who declined to be identified said.
Sri Lanka’s education authorities are in talks with Microsoft to get help to implement AI education, he said.
AI is part of reforms that will also see Wellness and Sustainability added to school syllabi.
The Asian Development Bank will give a grant of 1.4 billion rupees to help move towards class assessment from the current exam-heavy system, the education ministry said in a statement.
It will be used over the next four years.
Next year 15 billion rupees had been allocated for infrastructure development in schools.
One billion will be used to provide internet facilities to 1,000 schools. For teacher training IT facilities will be set up in 14 educational zones, taking the total to 100.
The Ministry said it has allocated 1 billion rupees, apart from the ADB donation, towards providing internet facilities to 1000 schools island wide which comes from the overall budget allocation of 15 billion rupees towards Infrastructure Development of Schools.
The ministry said, taking measures towards a digitalization education system, 14 new IT facilities in 100 educational zones, will be used for the training and development of teachers. Three billion rupees have been allocated for teacher training.
In 2023 Sri Lanka’s education budget is 504 billion rupees. Sri Lanka is expected to manage spending in 2023 as the country attempts to reduce dependence on debt and finance more spending from people’s taxes. (Colombo/Dec19/2022)
These guys are pure crazy, so sad for the country, why not try to give a meal a day to all school children?