- Politics and Social Issues
Free Education System in Sri Lanka
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.
Wikipedia info on Sri Lankan education
- Education in Sri Lanka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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