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Free Education System in Sri Lanka

Updated on October 15, 2011
A donation program in remote area where students in their uniforms
A donation program in remote area where students in their uniforms | Source
School children enjoying their new school building!
School children enjoying their new school building! | Source

Amazingly Effective education in Sri Lanka

When I meet a foreign national, we drop into talk on country profile at any level. I have seen many foreign nationals widen their eyes to know that Sri Lanka has A FREE EDUCATION SYSTEM UNTIL FIRST GRADUATION and A FREE HEALTH SERVICE without any charge. They amaze because Sri Lanka is still a developing nation and facing a lot of financial difficulties in governance.

Education in Sri Lanka had been considered a Fundamental right by the law.

But when we further into discussion on the results of the Free Education, we go for outstanding set of statistics

Our literacy rate goes as below

Total adult literacy rate 92% This is the highest in the south Asia

Literacy rate among youth 97 -99% (Unicef data by 2008)

There are about 10,000 schools under the government ministry - Ministry of education and there are about 4,500,000 students studying. Each student is received a set of books according to the curriculum and each is given a set of school uniforms at FREE OF CHARGE.

In addition there are some private schools operating in the main cities of the country.

Schools have two basic tiers as primary and secondary also referred as Ordinary level O/L and Advanced level A/L where each student should sit for an exam.

Best out of A/L exam will be taken for the national universities. There are sixteen national universities and some more for offering degrees. Annually about 250000 students qualify for the university entrants but unfortunately, only 20000 is enrolled as per the seats available in university system. Degrees offered are either general 3 year degree or special 4-5 year degrees. Most of the degrees were planned for developing knowledgeable educated society but the recent changes have focused on developing entrepreneurs and professionals.

Private education institutes are spawning around the country and the recent government initiatives go with them and this has been widely viewed as a threat for long cherished free education system where poor people were highly benefited and the overall country profile was developed.

In Addition, the education system prevailed was a very tough and real competitive for students where quality was at highest standards. But the private profit oriented educational institutes would not keep that standards risking the global acceptance of Sri Lankan degrees.

I am also a graduate of this Free Education system and Im grateful for the Sri Lankan tax payers for paying for my education.

Sri Lankan Graduates

A set of Wayamba University graduates on their convocation. At BMICH. Myself is knelt down!
A set of Wayamba University graduates on their convocation. At BMICH. Myself is knelt down! | Source

Students in rural schools

A Set of Students in a rural school previously terrorist held. Pic was taken in one of my donation campaign to needy children at Thoppigala Area.
A Set of Students in a rural school previously terrorist held. Pic was taken in one of my donation campaign to needy children at Thoppigala Area. | Source


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      Abdullah Clicker 

      3 years ago

      Nice work

      really very informative

      I appreciate it

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      Parni Singhe 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for spreading a knowledgeable blog. You can enhance you educational system by using latest technologies & methods such as digital classroom solutions. Smart solution is the best option to increase eligibility & strength of students.

    • magodis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      @lkeliza, Im sorry Yes there are a lot to write. I wish you would come up with a few good hubs on this.

      @ Chamil, thank you for your comment. It is really true. And its no more a free gift as of new trends.

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      7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Problem is people don't care when it is free.

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      7 years ago

      I think you should have written more than this. There are a lot to tell the world about the free education system. At least how it was introduced. and absic steps taken etc etc

      Anyways, appreciate on the hub

    • magodis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Dear Feenix,

      Thank you very much for your appreciating and stimulating words. Unfortunately I feel this is very minute compared to what I could write and I have only 53 score!!!

      Im really happy to hear that you have Sri Lankan friends.

      I wish we have a good conversation in the future on hubs

      best wishes!

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      7 years ago

      Hello, magodis,

      This is an awesome post because it is well-written, very interesting and quite informative.

      Here in New York City where I live, I have two friends who are from Sri Lanka and each of them is a perfect example of your country's fine educational system. One is a dentist and the other is a successful architect.


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