English language skills to be taught in Grade 1 – Premajayantha

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Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha said it is expected to commence implementing practical English language skills in Grade 1 as English was essential for educational reform.

He said as part of the educational reforms, it has been proposed to teach mathematics and science subjects in Sinhala and Tamil, as well as in the English medium.

Premajayantha said because most of the terms referred to in subjects were in English, children could quickly grab the terms rather than the words being translated.

The Minister expressed these views while participating in the Ministry of Education’s ‘English is Simple’ language promotion programme, which is being implemented in collaboration with the National Savings Bank to improve  English language skills of schoolchildren in the country.

This programme will provide children in all secondary schools in the country with skill-based activity manuals and CDs based on the school curriculum.

The English Language Unit of the Ministry of Education created these books with the help of education experts, so that children could learn English through fun and practical activities, he said.

BY Thameenah Razeek