To mark the year of Information Technology and the English language, the Education Ministry has pledged to make new changes in the country regarding the education sector and the usage of Information Technology in schools. A new web portal, SchoolNet has been created for teacher-student community enabling more than 1700 schools to be able to interact via the net on a daily basis. This portal will be the widest computer network in the country providing access to educational websites with over 3 million hits by teachers and students, island wide. The ministry also hopes to set up 2800 full-fledged ICT laboratories island wide, providing ICDL for education scholarships for 50,000 teachers. The creation of over 1 million e-mail accounts among teachers-student community together with providing ICT Knowledge to rural communities through 20 e-villages are a few of the strategies for this year.
Microsoft partners together with the Secondary Education Modernization (SEMP), awarded a few teachers and students for their outstanding performances via implementing IT in their projects at schools and workplaces. Teachers from rural areas were recognized for their innovative ideas and novel teaching methods via the new software and web portals. Teachers and students in the rural parts of the island are to be given additional assistance. A teacher PC Programme is to be held for teachers to provide them with computers at concessionary rates. Career based ICT education for school leavers at 1500 rural computer learning centres, Facilitating the distance higher education courses at 150 computer learning centres and Websites in 600 schools and web pages among thousands of students and teachers are to be implemented as soon as possible.