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Transforming school education in Sri Lanka : from cut stones to polished jewels, Volume 1
Author:Aturupane, Harsha; Country:Sri Lanka;
Date Stored:2011/12/16Document Date:2011/01/01
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Primary Education; Access & Equity in Basic Education; Teaching and Learning; Tertiary Education; Education For All
Major Sector:EducationRel. Proj ID:LK-Sri Lanka - Achieving Excellence In General Education -- -- P118851;
Region:South AsiaReport Number:66036
Volume No:1  

Summary: Sri Lanka stands upon the threshold of two great transformations. The first transformation is the advancement and progress of the nation from a low-income country to a middle-income country. The second transformation is the transition of the nation from a country in conflict to a country in lasting peace. The general education sector is at the heart of these two great transformations. The school system makes a unique and foundational contribution to the economic development of a country. The school system also makes a unique and foundational contribution to the social development of a nation. As such, the general education sector, which covers primary and secondary education, can and should play a prominent role in the economic and social transformation of the country. According to the information Sri Lanka is one of the better performers among developing countries, with an adult literacy rate above the expected value for its level of per capita income. However, there are a number of countries in other regions of the world, at similar or lower levels of per capita income, that enjoy literacy rates above the predicted values for their levels of per capita income, and which display a performance on literacy superior to that of Sri Lanka. These include countries such as Bolivia, Indonesia, Mongolia and the Philippines. There are also countries that have higher per capita incomes than Sri Lanka and perform better on adult literacy, such as Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Thailand and Uruguay. Overall, Sri Lanka performs well, but not exceptionally so.

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