Following the success of the first and only Tab-based Smart Classroom (SC) in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Economic Reforms & Public Distribution together with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd. (CodeGen), introduced the first Grade-wide deployment of SCs at the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Boys School on January 7. This initiative was pioneered by Minister of Economic Reforms & Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha de Silva in 2017, where Sri Lanka witnessed the launch of the 1st SC with CodeGen partnering as the Education Technology Service Provider. These SCs are powered by XOLO SC platform developed and managed by CodeGen and endorsed by the MoE.
At the launch, Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva stated, “Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Boys School is the only school that has a fully integrated SC solution. “These are not just Classrooms with Smart Boards, but use an intuitive learning platform connecting teachers and students. The continuity of this will be our responsibility and I thank everyone who supported this initiative from the start. We are here today for change, and by 2022, we hope to transform one of the oldest schools in Sri Lanka into a Smart School,” he said. “Sri Lanka’s year-on-year per capita growth is just around 2.5%, which is extremely low, if we are to match any developed country like Singapore. Over 250,000 students pass out from schools after A/Ls, and yet, only 50,000 students are absorbed into the local University system in Sri Lanka”, CodeGen Chief Executive Officer Dr. Harsha Subasinghe said.
"Have we ever analysed the potential of this future workforce, to find ways to optimise economic growth? Education is not about learning content, it is about being able to apply what we learn to solve real world problems. So, it’s time to move from content based to problem solving education,” he added "Stated “XOLO SC platform’s safety and monitoring features are widely used by the School’s administration and teachers. With real-time class monitoring and problem-based education system, this technology demonstrates an end-to-end education platform that can transform the way students learn.” Stated Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Boys School, SC Teacher.