[lg policy] Sri Lanka: Scheme to enhance languages ’ proficiency of Central Bank officers

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 21 17:58:10 UTC 2010


Scheme to enhance languages’ proficiency of CB officers

The Central Bank (CB) of Sri Lanka, stressing the importance of
possessing proficiency in Tamil language of its staff, has launched a
scheme for facilitating its staff to enhance the mastery of Tamil
languages with the collaboration of the Department of fficial
Languages (DOL).  The main objective of the scheme is to equip its
staff to discharge duties adhering to the Government language policy
under Constitutional provisions, the CB said in a statement. Under
this scheme, over 200 officers in all categories of CBSL are now
undergoing training conducted by DOL.

These officers are required to undergo 108 hours of training (lessons)
before they sit for the written and oral examination conducted by the
DOL. At the classes, priority has been given to improve the speaking
and writing knowledge (skills) of the participants. Many employees of
the Central Bank, irrespective of their classes and grades of
employment, have shown a keen interest in participating in these
classes. “The Central Bank believes that this programme will be
helpful for officers to discharge their duties relating to development
activities in North and East more effectively, to build the ethnic
harmony in the country and eliminate language difference of the Tamil
and Sinhala communities,” the statement added.


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