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Feasibility of Introducing General English as a University Entry Requirement for Medicine: Results of a National Survey

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NR De Silva ,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Medical Education Centre, Faculty of Medicine
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GDC Priyabhashini,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Demonstrator, Medical Education
Centre, Faculty of Medicine
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PK Godage,

University of Kelaniya, LK
About PK
Demonstrator, Medical Education Centre, Faculty of
Medicine
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P Premakumara,

University Grants Commission, Colombo, LK
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Additional Secretary
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A Pathmeswaran

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Professor in Public Health, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

The feasibility of introducing General English as an entry requirement for study of Medicine in Sri Lanka was examined through the assessment of General English results at the 2009 and 2010 G.C.E. Advanced Level examinations and through a questionnaire survey administered to principals and General English teachers in 411 type 1AB schools during the period May – June 2011. A significant proportion of students selected for Medicine in the period of study had not passed General English. Student performance was linked to teacher availability, which showed significant regional disparities. Nationally, about one-third of schools did not have enough General English teachers as evaluated by the Principal of the school.

Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies, Vol 2:No. 2, July – December 2012; Page 23-41

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v2i2.6205

How to Cite: De Silva, N. et al., (2013). Feasibility of Introducing General English as a University Entry Requirement for Medicine: Results of a National Survey. Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies. 2(2), pp.23–41. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v2i2.6205
Published on 03 Nov 2013.
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