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Educational reforms by 2023 – Minister G.L. Peiris

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The proposed new educational reforms will pave the way for students to complete their university education early and become graduates in their early twenties, Education Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said.

Speaking to the media at the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) head office in Battaramulla yesterday, he said those reforms are expected to be implemented in 2023.

Necessary steps in this regard are being taken by the Education Ministry along with the other stakeholders including the Commissioner General of Examinations, he added.

When the new reforms are in effect, the school life of a student who faces the G.C.E. A/L examination will be eight months shorter than present.

According to the reforms, the two-year period the G.C.E. O/L students’ spend will be limited to one and a half years, with the exam being conducted in August.

The G.C.E. A/L classes are expected to begin four months after the O/L examination and the A/L examination is expected to be held in December after a two-year period, he added.

Responding to questions, the minister said he accepted that the online education method is not an alternative which can completely replace the present education system.

The Education Minister also said it is fair to vaccinate the school teachers.

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