Sri Lanka: JVP wants Govt. to drop English as medium of Education

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu Nov 20 17:06:13 UTC 2008

 Forwarded From: edling at

The Island-News

JVP wants Govt. to drop English as medium of Education

The JVP yesterday called upon the Government to rethink its decision to make
English a medium of education in government schools.

The party's newly formed Education Policy Planning Committee, referring to a
results analysis, of the first batch of students who sat the GCE Ordinary
Level examination in the English medium, said that the education authorities
should not change the medium of instruction of school children from the
mother tongue to a foreign language.

"A GCE O/Level results analysis of the first batch of students who switched
from mother tongue to English from Grade seven shows that those who changed
their medium of learning had performed badly in comparison to their
colleagues who chose their mother tongue - Sinhala or Tamil. The Government,
education policy planners, and parents must pay immediate attention to this
situation," JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake on behalf of the Education Policy
Planning Committee said.

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Harold F. Schiffman

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Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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