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The increasing number of school dropouts in Sri Lanka is a concern. The rigid nature of the formal school system was seen to be a reason for the high dropout rate. In response, the National Institute of Education (NIE) established the Open School Programme to provide an alternative access to education to those who need a recognized basic qualification in order to further their education and find jobs.
NIE was has been commended for its Open School Program by UNESCO, as part of the 2018 Wenhui Awards. Click here to read more about the 2018 Wenhui Awards.