Compiling and submission of Options Paper for the attention of the Hon. Minister of National Dialogue promoting language rights
A recommendation was made that policy decisions with details on Language Policy be available in the public domain.The Following recommendations to cabinet of which three were approved maybe reviewed if implemented and or for approval now.
1. Trilingual Degree Courses in all universities to cater to needs of development, national harmony and peace based activities with special reference to the trilingual teaching need in school system.
- Fourteen out of seventeen universities have commenced language courses and translation studies courses as a degree programme. Certain universities have introduced compulsory credit courses for first year students. Universities which have not commenced trilingual courses are either waiting for approval of the syllabus or are in the process of finalizing the syllabus.
2. National Harmony included as a credit course in all degrees in universities.
- Nine out of seventeen universities have introduced the subject of national harmony as a credit course. The course is introduced in different universities by titles such as “Responsible Citizenship”, “Social Harmony”, ”National and Religious Integration” and “Inspiring Religious Harmony and Tolerance”. This course can be followed as a non-credit course or as a certificate course in certain universities. Most universities that commenced the course conduct it in several of their faculties. Universities which have not yet the course are either undergoing curriculum development or awaiting approval for the curriculum.
3. Proficiency in Tamil to be made a prerequisite for confirmation in the post for Sinhala employees and vice versa.
- This is now under implementation. A circular has been issued indicating levels of proficiency to be obtained for confirmation in post.
4. Make proficiency in Tamil a prerequisite to qualify for a degree by Sinhala students and vice versa with the new enrolments.
- The recommendation is presently under discussion to develop as a policy to be submitted for Cabinet approval.
5. Grant credit to students with proficiency in Sinhala /Tamil when it is not their mother tongue when admitting student to universities under the special intake.
- Cabinet memorandum has been submitted and decision has been postponed until further study.