MEHRD and SINU initiate second chance education for dropouts

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Some of the members of the Learning Pathway Unit Writers during their training in September, 2017
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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

Some of the members of the Learning Pathway Unit Writers during their training in September, 2017

THE Second Chance Education referred to as the “Learning Pathway Education” has received a blessing from the highest body that oversees education in the country.

The National Education Board of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and SINU are providing a second chance to drop-out students in the country.

The concept is targeting dropout students from forms 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Basil Marasinghe said the National Education Board’s support described as first important step and essential fuel that the delivery needs if the country is to see a successful and purposeful programme delivery to the people of this nation.

He said such agreement opens up so many possibilities to dig deep and address issues that they thought would never be possible to address.

The issues are community trainings, short courses, relevant and applicable trainings to our people because there would be avenues at the community level to deliver them, Marasinghe said.

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He explained that classrooms in schools are left idle after 2pm and the agreement would mean classroom usage would now be maximised with the Learning Pathway Education.

With the introduction of the second chance education, Marasinghe said now students who have dropped out in forms 3, 4, 5, and 6 will get a second chance to study in universities.

He adds that SINU will start the programme in September 2018 and in 2019.

At the moment, the University is working on designing technical programmes as stand-alone streams in the Tertiary and Community Studies Certificate, he said.

Currently the programme has three (3) streams – Science, Arts and Business.

Those who successfully complete the programme can apply for entrance to SINU and other universities in the region.

The learning pathway concept has been waiting approval for 40 years, and now there is a possibility for SINU and MEHRD signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

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