Ed­u­ca­tion in Sri Lanka

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Sri Lanka has been a vic­tim of a three-decade long civil war but the coun­try has main­tained its ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards -- lit­er­acy rate is at 94 per cent. This shows the level of com­mit­ment of the Sri Lankan govern­ment in pro­vid­ing a sound ed­u­ca­tion to its cit­i­zens. How­ever, the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to change its medium of in­struc­tion from Sin­hala, Tamil and English to the of­fi­cial lan­guage is cre­at­ing bar­ri­cades for progress. In 1950, the de­ci­sion by the govern­ment to change the of­fi­cial lan­guage from English to Sin­halese irked the Tamils who ini­ti­ated a sep­a­ratist move­ment since they con­sid­ered this an at­tempt to iso­late them from the na­tives. The brain drain which oc­curred dur­ing the civil war fur­ther de­te­ri­o­rated the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor of the coun­try as teach­ers and stu­dents be­gan re­lo­cat­ing to other places. The Sri Lankan ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials must re­al­ize the need to re­vamp the sec­tor and fa­cil­i­tate skill-ori­ented ed­u­ca­tion which the coun­try needs for in­dus­trial growth. More­over, the govern­ment must un­der­stand the de­mands of the chang­ing econ­omy and cre­ate av­enues to gen­er­ate a work force which is at­tuned with the in­dus­trial sec­tor of the coun­try.

Ishan Ka­sun Colombo, Sri Lanka

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