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IT course for A/Ls

by Manjula Fernando

General Information Technology is to be introduced as a one year course in the Grade 12 curriculum in selected A/L schools from June this year. All A/L students can follow this course irrespective of their study stream.

The subject will be introduced to GCE Ordinary Level as an optional subject from January next year.

Director of ICT Agency, Education Ministry, Dilantha Vithanage told reporters at the Information Department yesterday that over 1,000 schools with Advanced Level have already been supplied computer laboratories under the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank funded education development projects.

"Some schools will be selected to launch the first phase of the A/L GIT project," he said.

This initiative's objective is to make school leavers computer literate and job attuned, Vithanage said.

The National Institute of Education has been asked to develop a methodology for evaluating the practical component of the test. Training of teachers is also handled by the NIE.

Altogether, there are 2,368 schools with A/L classes.

The GIT would be especially helpful for those offering non-science subjects or seeking employment after their A/L.

This can be regarded as a foundation course for others pursuing higher studies in the same line.

The Ministry initiative will be supported by the Ministry's Consolidated Fund and by World Bank and ADB funded projects.

Arrangements have also been made to issue a special certificate under school level for students who successfully complete the one year A/L GIT course.

Teachers who have already been trained in this subject will be given an accelerated specialised training to meet the Ministry's Information Communication Technology Policy goals, the spokesman said.

The ICT agency and the National Institute of Education will work in collaboration with the Ministry and relevant universities.

According to the Ministry, about 1,000 A/L schools, out of 2,530 are already equipped with computers through World Bank and Asian Development Bank projects.

The Ministry will issue the circular in this regard this week.

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