Sri Lanka to implement artificial intelligence courses in schools

February 13, 2024 at 2:58 PM

The proposal to introduce courses on artificial intelligence to the education system has received Cabinet approval. 

The government said it was decided at the Cabinet meeting held in October last year that it was appropriate to introduce courses on artificial intelligence in the education system per the recommendations made by the task force appointed for the formation of a national strategy and plan related to artificial intelligence. 

As a part of the strategic plan, a pilot project is designed to introduce artificial intelligence courses to general education. 

As such, the Cabinet approved the proposal presented by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Technology, and the Minister of Education to implement the said pilot project with the support of Microsoft as follows, 

  • To revise the international syllabus currently implemented by the Microsoft Institute based on the recommendations of the National Institute of Education and commence the proposed pilot projects from grade 8 in schools where the necessary basic human resources are available.
  • Digitization of schools selected for the pilot project under the facilities provided by the Microsoft institute
  • Training of 100 Information and Communication Technology subject teachers as trainers by Microsoft Institute (NewsWire)