You can follow selected Sri Lankan GCE A/L subjects in Science, Commerce and Art stream in English Medium in some Government Schools. Several selected subjects are also taught in English Medium from Grade 6 onwards in Government Schools.
Why English Medium is introduced in Sri Lanka?
Ministry of Education in its 2008/48 circular says that when considering the globalization of the present world and the rapid changes in the communication field, it is clearly understood the importance of learning an International Language. English is the most familiar International Language to the Sri Lankans . To enter the higher studies, including University Education, the knowledge of English is very much important. Because of these reasons, teaching several Science subjects at G.C.E (A/L) in English Medium was started in government schools, from 2001 onwards. In addition to that to teach several selected subjects in English medium from Grade 6 onwards was also started from year 2002.
Which subjects can you follow in English Medium?
You can follow following 10 subjects in English Medium for the G.C.E (A/L) in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Commerce and Art streams.
- Combined Mathematics
- Business Studies
- Basics in Political Science
In addition to that, if one school is needed to teach any other subject/s in English medium that particular school should take the approval from the Ministry of Education.
Within the subject frame, supplied by the school, any student can decide the number of subjects in English medium. According to the subject stream, relevant all the subjects or selected number of subjects, can be learnt in English medium.
Can you sit only some subjects in English at A/L Exam?
The students who learn the (A/L) subjects in English medium can select the medium to sit for the G.C.E. (A/L) examination according to their preference. They can sit for the all subjects that they learnt in English Medium or, for a few subjects or even only for one subject in English Medium. If not, they can sit for all subjects in Sinhala or Tamil Medium. In this way, the medium that they hope to sit for the examination should be decided only when applying for the G.C.E. (A/L) examination. Later, it is not possible to change the medium of the language that the students are going to sit for the examination.
Does the results sheet contain Medium of the Subject?
In the results sheet, it is clearly mentioned the medium of the subject separately.
Download relevant 2008 Circular from Ministry of Education