Long before Sri Lanka came under Western Rule, education was primarily in the hands of the priests of the village temple. Temple was the main institution for education. Under Portugues & Dutch rulers the prevailing system was changed and gradually the church started running elementary schools in villages. When the British took over the administration in 19th Century several changes were made in the country’s education system.
Another important influence that entered the Island with British occupation was the realm of Christian missionary education and religious activity. The liberal attitude towards private missionary activity soon attracted many missions to the Island. All these missionary societies concentrated on education, for this was held to be the key to conversion. The government was content to leave education, in the hands of the mission and to subvent them with grants. Besides being economical, it was also the way education was organised in Britain.The British Government in Ceylon had no consistent policy on education, and support to the mission depended on the predilections of the Governor. Read More>>