IT for remote sector schools in next six months
Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said the Government's
assurance of expanding the facility of Information Technology for the
rural and remote sector in the country will become a reality with the
providing of computers to 500,000 schoolchildren during the next six
The Minister was addressing a Zonal Education meeting held at the
Education Ministry Auditorium on Friday in Battaramulla. The Dialog
Telecom PLC distributed 250 satellite reception and television sets to
school principals in nine provinces, including the North and the East.
Minister Premajayantha said the Nenasa Dialog TV program was launched
in July last year from a remote village in Moneragala and currently the
children in 100 schools are benefited with this digital satellite
television broadcast medium.
"We have taken steps to make this digital broadcast medium to another
900 schools within the next few months," he said.
The Minister also said the Government has a firm objective of
improving the knowledge of IT and English Language education of rural
and remote children, considering that these children too will be given
an opportunity to be the future partners of the globalised world.
Talking on the Digital Technology based education, currently
practised in many developed countries, the Minister said that it will
soon be initiated in the Sri Lankan education system too for the benefit
of 4.3 million schoolchildren.