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Island’s higher education is in a mess: Mahinda Rajapaksa charges

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Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has charged that the island’s higher education sector was in a mess owing to the failure of the government to release the cut-off marks for the university entrance and delay in commencing academic programmes in universities and conducting competitive examinations for graduates seeking employment.

He made this charge making a special statement. Opposition Leader Rajapaksa. He said:

"In a couple more weeks, one year would elapse since the holding of 2018 GCE A/L examination. Yet the authorities have so far failed to release the cut-off marks for those who succeeded in the examinations to enter to the universities. This delay has resulted in a crisis situation.

The government has repeatedly stated that it would dedicate itself to the improvement of higher education sector but their actions do not tally with the rhetoric. The government could not commence academic programmes for those who completed their qualifications to enter from 2017 GCE Advanced Level examination till January this year. Some degree programmes are yet to start. Now the children have to waste two years of their lives to enter the universities. They receive their results when they are around 20 years of age.

The university students are frustrated because the government delays competitive examinations designed to absorb graduates to public service. But to sit for those examinations, the applicants should be less than 28 years of age. For the past two years competitive examinations for the Sri Lanka Administration Service, Education Administration Service, Foreign Service, Competitive Examination to recruit officers for the Inland Revenue Department, Examination to recruit executive officers for the Central Bank, People’s Bank and Bank of Ceylon, Examination to recruit Assistant Superintendents of Police have not been held.

On the one hand the government delays the university entrance and on the other it delays holding competitive examinations for action.

We call upon the government to take immediate actions to rectify these errors without letting the frustration among the youth to snowball into a disaster.Parents who spend their savings for the education of their children too are frustrated because their children are at home without going to universities.”

 

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