Minimising learning gaps among early-grade learners (Sri Lanka)

School girl in Sri Lanka seated before an exhibit
Provincial department of education in Uva Province, Sri Lanka / 2021 / Ananda


In 2020, students across Sri Lanka lost up to 141 school days due to COVID19-related closures, with the number going up to 178 lost days in some regions. When schools reopened in August 2020, the provincial government rolled out the Learning Recovery Programme to minimise the learning gap between where the learner actually is and the grade requirement. To assess students’ learning levels, a task-based, diagnostic learning achievement test was the first step. Test results informed curriculum adaptation and a blended approach of classroom-based, teacher-led as well as home-based, parent-led remedial activities. Both of these packages integrated formative assessment, a range of formal and informal assessment procedures conducted by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment.