Education in Sri Lanka
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