[lg policy] Sri Lanka: English as a lifeline skill

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 30 19:27:48 UTC 2009

Forwarded  From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

Sri Lanka Guardian

English as a lifeline skill

English has become the main E-Com, Commercial and link language of
many Nations due to availability, simplicity, clarity and sheer
necessity due to colonisation as a result of Navel Power of the west
and resulting exploration of the Globe. A Sinhala trader in Pettah is
compelled to have a working knowledge of Tamil for his survival.
Though originated in an Island the ownership is shared by the entire
world today. English should be used as a servant vehicle for survival,
propriety and education and business and not as a master or a social
symbol and status.

English teachers

Presidential Secretariat has continued initiative on the program
English as a lifeline, by taking steps to train 219,864 English
Teachers in 9472 schools with the help of Indian academics and the
Department of Education led by Mr Sunimal Fernando Advisor to the
President and Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha who has planned the English
education with his Oxford academic brilliance and practical experience
in Sri Lanka on the subject are pioneers of the project.

It is an ambitious program to train English teachers in 18 months and
provide English education equally to the entire country. The barriers
and obstructions were discussed openly and critically headed by the
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who gave clear and decisive directions to
the officers present and involved in the program.

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