Many Sri Lankans with Sri Lankan citizenship and dual citizenship are employed abroad. Their children are educated according to the local curriculum.
As such countries
Myanmar (formerly Burma)
United Arab Emirates
Sri Lankan National Curriculum
The Sri Lankan national curriculum is divided into 5 parts
- Junior Secondary
- Senior Secondary
- National universities
Primary education lasts for 5 to 6 years (Grades 1-5)
Junior/Secondary lasts for 4 years (Grades 6-9)
Senior Secondary lasts for 2 years (Grades 10 and 11) in preparation for the GCE O-Levels
Students must pass GCE O-Levels to enter the collegiate level and study for another 2 years (Grades 12 and 13) to sit for GCE A-Levels, which is the university entrance examination.
The A-Level examination is taken by school candidates at the end of Collegiate Level or by non-school external candidates. This qualification is used as an entrance examination for Sri Lanka.
- Grade 5 scholarship examination
It’s during the final year of Primary School (Grade 5) and based on the marks of this extremely competitive examination the students may get an opportunity to get transferred to a prominent national school.
2. GCE O-Level examinations
Its’s conducted by the Department of Examinations. It is based on the British O-Level and A-Level qualifications, respectively.
3. GCE A-Level examinations
The O-Level examination is a qualification in its own right but more often taken as a pre-requisite for the more in-depth and academically rigorous A-Levels. It is taken by students at the end of the Senior Secondary School or by non-school external candidates.
There are 4 major fields of study at Collegiate Level and students should study for 2 years at this level before taking the examination.
Physical Science (Combined Maths, Physics and Chemistry)
Biological Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry)
Commerce and Accounting
Technology (Engineering Technology, Bio system technology, Optional one)
Each stream, students should face a minimum of 3 subjects.
Additionally, there is a General English Test and Common General Test.
The results of the General English Test are not taken in to consideration for the University Entrance selection criteria, but students are required to obtain a pass mark for the Common General Test.