No plans to remove any subjects from GCE/O Level Syllabus – Education Minister

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that there is no attempt to remove history, language or any other subject from the GCE Ordinary Level syllabuses.

The Minister said some parties seeking narrow political gains are mixing education with politics and condemning such attempts said bankrupt political parties will never be allowed to use education for their political slogans.

In 2013, the report of the National Education Commission chaired by Prof. Lakshman Jayatilleka, has recommended including six subjects for the GCE ordinary level and the six subjects included religion, language and literature, mathematics, science, citizenship and sociology as well as English. Geography, history and civics have been included in the citizenship and sociology subject, the Minister explained.

Speaking to a local Sinhala daily Dinamina, Minister Kariyawasam said there is a social dialogue currently that the current syllabus is overburdening the children and he is ready to make changes based on a scientific approach.

The Minister said he regrets that the bankrupt joint opposition or any other party mixing the education with politics for their advantage.

The Minister further explained that the report of the commission formed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2013 was received in 2016.

Minister Kariyawasam assured that he will not take decisions about education based on narrow political goals.

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