Education Ministry to set up farms in schools

By Dasun Edirisinghe

Education Ministry plans to set up a farm in every school under the 1,000 secondary schools development programme.

Addressing a meeting held to distribute traditional seed paddy free of charge, in association with the Thunhela Jathika Vyaparaya and the Agriculture Ministry, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said yesterday that some schools had 20-25 acre land areas.

There were some unutilised lands, he said adding those lands could be used for farming purposes.

Gunawardena said that the Ministry had introduced a new subject combination named ‘Technology’ for the GCE Advanced Level and a subject called Bio System Development.

"We introduced the new subject combination in secondary schools and students who follow the subjects could use the farm for their practical activities," the minister said, noting that 25 marks at the GCE A/L examination would come from practical tests under the new combination.

He said that the Education Ministry expected students to get practical experience in farming while schools had some revenue.

According to Gunawardena the programme would expanded to other schools after the pilot project in 1,000 schools initially.

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