IT's copycat again!

I was amazed and amused to read the Daily News (Feb. 26, 2002) half-page supplement on Information Technology. What amazed me most was that the National School IT Policy which was comprehensively developed, planned and prepared for implementation during 2001 by the then Ministry of Education, is now being written about as if it was a new programme of the present Minister and present Government.

I remember very clearly the pains taken by the Ministry then, first to set up a special IT Unit at the Ministry headed by a Consultant recruited on contract from the University of Colombo, the long hours spent discussing the preparation of materials together with the NIE, preparing plans to launch the historic initiative of introducing general Information Technology as a special A’ Level subject in English Medium from May 2002, and finally launching this programme officially on November 6 (Tuesday) 2001 at Galagedera, Kandy under the patronage of Dr. Sarath Amunugama, the then Minister.

The IT Consultant (Mr. Dilantha Withanage) who I believe is still at the Ministry can bear testimony to everything I have written.

Dear Sir, I am sure you would agree with me that imitation is the best form of flattery, and that carrying on the good work started by the previous regime is indeed laudable. But claiming ownership to the genesis of such programmes and pretending to be its creator amply demonstrates bankruptcy for ideas. Don’t you agree?
Kumuduni Serasinghe