Zahira College Mawanella implements the total curriculum designed by the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka for the children in the state schools. In this way, the children fall into three levels: primary, junior secondary and senior secondary levels.

Primary Level

The 5 – 1 0 year olds fall in to the primary level. They have their education in Tamil in their separate building complex, the Sri Lanka – Korea Friendship School. Their syllabuses look as follows:

- Tamil language ( the first language)
- English (the second language)
- Islam ( Religion)
- Environmental Studies
- Art

These subjects are taught by well-trained teachers, adopting the modern trends to teaching. In grade five, these children are trained to sit for the grade 5 scholarship examinations. Usually, special classes, seminars and workshops are arranged to train these children. Zahira College Mawanella is the leading school in the area when it comes to grade 5 scholarship exams.

At this level the children are engaged in things like exhibitions and competitions to improve their competencies and personalities.

Special Education Unit

The primary section has another important mission, the special education unit. New teachers have appointed, and the unit has been renovated to cater for the needs of the special needs children. Zahira College Mawanella is the only one school that offers facilities to cases like Downs Syndrome, cerebral parsley, mental retardation, hyper actives and autism. Although, serious cases are not handled, Zahira is a place for parents with such children to fall upon.

In the upper school, the special needs children are treated separately, or most of the times an inclusive education approach is adopted by the specially trained teachers.

Junior Secondary Level

Zahira College Mawanella offers Tamil medium total education at junior secondary level, along with bilingual education where certain key subjects are taught in the English medium. These children fall into the age range 11 -16


1st language, core subject

Mathematics    Core Subject
Science Core Subject
History Core Subject
Islam Religion, Core Subject
English 2nd language, Core Subject

Optional subjects
Health and physical education
Life competency and citizenship education
Practical technical skills

The students study these subjects until they face the public examination in grade 11. In fact, they study all these subjects until they come to grade nine. In grade nine, they choose three subjects from the optional subjects along with the six core subjects to make the total nine.

The students are trained to study in the bilingual classes as well. They study Maths and Science as core subjects, and Health and Physical Education, Geography, and Citizenship Education and Life Competencies in the English medium. They offer six subjects in English at O/L examination with English and English Literature.

Senior secondary level / Advanced Level

The students coming within the age range between 17 and 20 fall into the advanced level section. They come after qualifying themselves from the G C E O/L examination, which is held in grad 11. Zahira offers advanced level education in Tamil and English media in arts, commerce and science streams for her won students and students coming from her feeding areas like Hmmathagama, Uyanwatta, Delagahagoda, Ganetahnna, Pathampitiya, Kegalla, Rmbukkana, Dippitiya, etc. It also caters for the needs of students in the Sabaraagamuwa province and elsewhere from the island.

The subject combinations are as follows:


Subject Medium
Science Bilogy


  Combine d Mathematics Tamil/English
  Physics Tamil/English
  Chemistry Tamil/English
  ICT Tamil/English
Commerce Accounting Tamil/English
  Business Studies Tamil/English
  Economics Tamil/English
Arts English Literature English
  Geography Tamil/English
  Agriculture Tamil/English
  Tamil Tamil
  Political Science Tamil
  Logic Tamil
  Arabic Tamil/English
  Islam Tamil
  Islamic Civilization Tamil
  Hard technology Tamil/English

Hard technology is another special mission here at Zahira College Mawanella. It is taught in the special unit set by the Ministry of Education. There hard technology is taught in grade 12, and the children are taught civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or mechanical engineering, or ICT in grade 13.