Tamils' history to be taught to Jaffna students
[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 September 2003, 20:09 GMT]
The Thamileelam Education Development Board (TEDB) is to introduce a new
textbook to teach the history of Tamils in Sri Lanka to students in the
Jaffna district from January next year, and in preparation to the
implementation of the project, the TEDB is now engaged in holding a workshop on
"Thamileelam social education and history" for teachers who teach Grade 6
and Grade 7 students in the peninsula, Jaffna education sources said.
The Jaffna District Education Board of the TEDB jointly with the respective
zonal education offices conducts these workshops, sources said.
Workshops were already held for teachers serving in the islets off Jaffna at the
Vembadi Girls High School in Jafna and for Valigamam teachers at Chunnakam Ramanathan College. Workshops are being held in other education zones in the peninsula, officials said.
Lectures were given on various topics such as Tamil homeland and Sinhala
colonization, Vanni Tamil Kingdoms, Tamil rule in Sri Lanka, Political relationship
between Sri Lanka and South India, National Flag and Thamileelam
Liberation Struggle, Maha Vamsam, Jaffna Tamil Kingdoms and Water and Land resources of Thamileelam by leading Tamil academicians serving in universities and schools in the north and Vanni districts, education sources said.
Several Tamil academics have said that the Tamil medium textbooks prepared by the National Institute of Education contain distortions of the history of Tamils in the country, and the textbooks are mere translation of Sinhala textbooks prepared by
Sinhala educationists to suit their chauvinistic thinking.
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) some time back took up this issue
and demanded that a separate NIE should be established for the northeast
province to write Tamil medium textbooks to avoid distortion of the history
of Tamils in Sri Lanka. The government has not taken any positive steps
regarding this demand, education sources said.
The TEDB has now decided to introduce the new textbook to Tamil students
without affecting the public examinations, which are now conducted by the
Sri Lankan government, education sources said.