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‘We need co-ordination between education and employment opportunities’: Mahinda Amaraweera

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Chief Opposition Whip, United People’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Mahinda Amaraweera has called for a co-ordination between the educational syllabus and employment opportunities in the island. The absence of it has affected the youths of the country. It is a sad situation.

He was speaking in Parliament at the Committee Stage Debate on the Appropriation Bill 2019 on Education and Higher Education Ministries during the Budget debate.

He said: 

“All governments that ruled the country so far should be ashamed for failing to introduce a National Education Policy during their tenures. The entire education system is in a crisis at the moment because the country lacks a national policy on education that does not change whoever governs.

I remember that several Education and Higher Education Ministers wanted to establish a national policy. But somehow it did not happen. We need a solid education policy. Otherwise, education policies will keep changing with ideologies of the consecutive governments. This has to be stopped.

The government always highlights statistics regarding the number of students who qualify to enroll for internal degree programs of state universities. But can we really be happy about it? Our children receive free education from Grade One up to university level. But when they pass out from the state universities they don’t have suitable employment opportunities. There are many high ranking positions available in the government sector, but unfortunately we do not have qualified people for them. At the same time, thousands of youths take to the streets demanding for jobs. This is entirely because as a country we do not have a solid national policy on education. This is actually a sad situation.”





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