GTZ funded report on NorthEast primary education released
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 December 2003, 19:55 GMT]
A report on impact study of primary education of the northeast province was released Monday at the auditorium of the provincial ministry of education, cultural affairs, sports and youth affairs. The Project Officer of the Impact Study Team Mr.S.Varathaseelan handed over the first copy of the report to the Chief Secretary of the NEPC
|Mr.Rangarajah lighting the traditional oil lamp at the event
The impact study of primary teacher in-service activities of the northeast province was conducted under the Teacher In-service Project (TIP) of the
Provincial Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs and Youth Affairs, which
was instituted under the guidance of Basic Education Sector Programme
(BESP) with the funding of the German Development Co-operation (GTZ).
GTZ/ BESP/TIP/NEP came into operation in 1999 as a result of a bilateral agreement between the governments of Sri Lanka and Federal Republic of Germany.
Director of Education Mr.S.Sivanandan presiding over the event said that the primary education in the northeast province had been neglected for
several years. "Our aim is to provide proper and effective education to
all students from Grade 1 to Grade 13," said Mr.Sivanandan.
|TIP Project Officer Mr.Varathaseelan is seen handing over the fircst copy of the Impact Sudy report to the NEPC Chief Secretary Mr.Rangarajah. Directorof Education Mr.Sivanandan is also seen
Mr.Rangaraja said, "We cannot develop educational standard only by
providing buildings, cement, timber and other materials to schools. We
should implement an educational policy that gives priority to harness the talents of students."
Mr.Varathseelan at the commencement of the event said that the objective of
the TIP project was to provide in-service training to the primary sector
teachers, and through such training improve the quality of primary
education in the northeast province. TIP commenced its activities with a
Baseline study of the sector.
The project was carried out under several constraints, most of which were
the consequence of the ethnic conflict. The teachers and children in some
of the project areas were constrained socio-economically and their personal
security was at risk. Loss of civilian life, damages to property and to
social and economic infrastructure have increased the number of people
below the poverty line. Displacement of people on a large scale, mass
destruction to economic and social infrastructure, the rising cost of
living, youth unemployment and the like have contributed to the decline in
the living standards of the people. The effect has been very severe on the
school children because of their vulnerability. There were also other
factors such as the lack of permanent classrooms, inadequate furniture,
poor transport facilities that tended to negate the impact of the TIP
programme of in-service training. Nevertheless, small-scale impact studies
conducted by the TIP/Monitoring and Evaluation team in 2000 and 2001
reflected visible positive impacts at the school level, said a report
circulated to the participants attending the releasing event of the Impact
A section of the participants attending the event
"Northern zones suffered more than the rest on account of the fact that
war was fought in these areas for long periods. Embargo on the transport
essential commodities also inhibited impacts. The impacts in the
war-affected areas have been much greater than one would have ordinarily
anticipated to occur under such circumstances. One important contribution
of Joyful Learning workshop in the war zones is to the outpouring of joy
into the hearts and instilling the spirit of action and adventure in the
minds of a set of youthful teachers, principals and officers," said in the
conclusion of the Impact Study report.
The Impact Study team visited 289 schools in the northeast and
conducted workshops for primary in-service teachers in all five trainers'
manuals for TIP activities. The five manuals were Joyful Learning,
Induction Training, School Based Education Development, School Health and
Nutrition and School Based Action Research, sources said.
A veteran educationist Mr.E.J.Satkunarajah was the Monitoring and
Evaluation Co-ordinator and Advisor and the Project Manager of
GTZ/BESP/TIP/NEP Mr.C. Nadarajah was the technical advisor of the Impact