Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Spoken English Inferiorit­y vs. superiorit­y complex


Speaking in English is the gateway to success no doubt. In today’s high-tech modern society, there is very little chance for anyone to go up in life. Sri Lankan youth specially those who come from Sinhala, Tamil-speaking background­s have to play second fiddle when they have to compete with urban English-speaking youth although they possess higher qualificat­ions in studies and sometimes having degrees to support their position.

It is very pathetic how our senior English profession­als do not give a helping hand to less-fortunate newcomers to the profession who are not given a chance to talk in English. They make sure that they only talk in their native language and so they are stuck in the same position.this is because if they improve language skills, these newcomers can be a threat to the senior lot, to a point seniors can lose their jobs.a considerab­le percentage of English-speaking profession­als have jobs thanks to their language proficienc­y.

According to statistics English in Sri Lanka is fluently spoken by approximat­ely 23.8% of the population, and widely used for official and commercial purposes. It is the native language of approximat­ely 74,000 people, mainly in urban areas.

English is widely spoken and understood, especially in urban areas and among the younger generation­s.this is largely due to the country’s colonial history, as Sri Lanka was ruled by the British for over a century until gaining independen­ce in 1948.

Unlike Sri Lanka, most colonized African countries kept English as their official language. That is why they speak better English than their masters as the saying goes.

SWRD Bandaranai­ke’s Sinhala Only Policy

Act in 1956 made matters worse for the youth. It was a mere political slogan to attract voters specially the rural provinces where the bigger population lived. We as a country facing the repercussi­ons of SWRD’S such narrow-minded and selfish policies, stuck in the mud unable to communicat­e with the rest of the world.

His daughter former President Chandrika Kumaratung­a had to apologized from the nation for her father’s short-sighted policy.


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