Written by Tharushan Fernando
19 Aug, 2016 | 9:01 pm
A conference on global trends in literacy instructions was held in Colombo on Friday.
Organised by the “Room To Read” organisation, the conference focussed on early grade literacy, global trends in reading as well as the global standards that are in place in terms of literacy.
Country Director for Room to Read, Shiranthi Jayasuriya stated that Sri Lanka should be proud of its achievements, in terms of education.
“The fact that we have very low drop out rates, 100 percent primary school enrollment, and education funded by the government – they are just few things that we should be thankful to, for our policy makers”, she said
She added that however, that despite these achivements the quality of education needs to change to meet the demands of an evolving societ,y with the country moving from a low income country to a middle income country status.
She pointed out that there have been worrying signs that improved access to education to school has not been accompanied by enhanced quality of education.
“We know that literacy is the key to better life, but early grade literacy is perhaps the most valuable asset that is given the least amount of appreciation”, she said.
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