we did not have enough competent English teachers. By late 1990s, plans were afoot to train 50,000 school teachers to teach English. Much effort and money were spent on the project but the standard of English among the trained teachers remained low
Teacher training failed to accomplish goals (What went wrong? ¶1).
traditional Sri Lankan society put far too much emphasis on proficiency exams. Not only are they insufficient method of assessing language abilities, but also they put an insurmountable amount of pressure on students as well as teachers and schools
Students and teachers faced "insurmountable" test performance pressure (What went wrong? ¶1) from parents and administrators.
Voice of America, Learning English, Education Tips # 4
This 6:35 min. audio program included "the opinion of Marla Yoshida, an English as a Foreign Language teacher at the University of California, Irvine" (transcript, ¶2) "that English learners need to do more than listen and repeat in order to improver their pronunciation" (The problem with listening and repeating, ¶2).