ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s education ministry plans to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) to the school curriculum in 2024 with an emphasis on robotics, machine learning, data mining, computer vision and related technologies, an official said.
National Institute of Education Director General Sunil Jayantha Nawarathna told EconomyNext that such subjects should be taught to students from grades 6 to 13 “depending on their level”. Plans are also underway to encourage students to use tools like ChatGPT and Google Bard to enhance their knowledge with respect to other subjects.
Minister of Education Susil Premajayanthe recently announced plans to introduce AI to the school curriculum to advance the island nation’s standard of education to international standards.
Science and Information Technology (IT) will be taught using AI from next year, the official said, adding that AI has the potential to contribute to the improvement of Sri Lanka’s education system.
“Artificial intelligence will help the students improve their skills,” said Nawaratnhe.
AI can facilitate greater access to educational resources, especially in remote or underserved areas, he said. Coding will also be taught as part of the new curriculum.
Sri Lanka’s education budget for 2023 is 504 billion rupees.
The ministry of education also plans to introduce STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) in a bid to revamp the island nation’s outdated education system. (Colombo/May27/2023)