NSB, Education Ministry to launch English language project | Sunday Observer

NSB, Education Ministry to launch English language project

25 September, 2022
At the launch of the project: Education Minister Susil Premajayantha, Secretary to the Ministry of Education Nihal Ranasinghe, Chairperson of NSB Mrs. Keasila Jayawardena, GM and CEO, NSB, Ajith Peiris. DGM, Marketing and Recoveries, Lal Karunatilaka was also present.
At the launch of the project: Education Minister Susil Premajayantha, Secretary to the Ministry of Education Nihal Ranasinghe, Chairperson of NSB Mrs. Keasila Jayawardena, GM and CEO, NSB, Ajith Peiris. DGM, Marketing and Recoveries, Lal Karunatilaka was also present.

The National Savings Bank (NSB) has extended its CSR drive to  achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Bank by proposing to conduct a pilot project to enhance the English language proficiency selecting national schools which had a pass rate below 50% for English Language at the GCE (O/L) examination in 2017.

The project was launched at the Ministry of Education recently.

As an international language and basic requirement for many professions the project will encourage the academics, parents and schoolchildren in the area to take up the subject with confidence.

Recognising the critical need for strong English language skills in today’s context of ever expanding globalisation, technological advancement, and a modernised labour markets the NSB will implement the project ‘English is Simple’ with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education.

Providing a better future for our next generation through quality education is one of our key Sustainable Development Goals for 2019. Preliminary research by the Bank identified that the statistics of the Department of Education indicates that the English Language has the lowest pass rate in the GCE (O/L) examinations.

Lack of English proficiency is a key constraint affecting the employability, higher education opportunities and confidence in a globalised world.

Although teaching English as a second language to all schoolchildren has been a key social policy of successive governments of Sri Lanka since the early 1950s, Census of Population and Housing data indicate that English literacy is only 22% among Sri Lanka’s population above 15 years of age.

Schoolchildren and teachers in the selected schools of Grade 8 to 11 will be the direct beneficiaries of the SDG project and upon the request of the Ministry of Education the curricula will be shared amongst all the schools islandwide.

The National Savings Bank shares a savings culture and a heritage deeply rooted among Sri Lankans for hundreds of years.

With timely technological, product and service transformations the NSB achieved an asset base of Rs. 1 trillion in 2018 and the trust of millions of Sri Lankans. As a government entity, NSB identified the need to acknowledge and respond to SDGs according to the directions by the Government. 

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