Only one-sixth of eligible students gain university admission – Grero



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by Dasun Edirisinghe


 


More than 150,000 students qualify for university admission annually, but only 27,000 can be accommodated in state-run universities, State Minister of Higher Education Mohan Lal Grero said.


He said others, numbering around 130,000 were left out and some of them opted for vocational education and related areas in the governmental institutions.


 The Minister was addressing a seminar organised by the Agriculture Faculty of the Peradeniya University, under the theme ‘Peradeniya University and Sri Lanka Food Industry-the inter relationship’ as part of its diamond jubilee commemoration of the University at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Institute, Colombo.


That was the reason the government had decided to support private higher education sector, Grero said.


 The government would introduce a loan scheme for students who had financial problems to enrol in higher education institutes in Sri Lanka.


 "If we have quality higher educational institutions within the country foreign exchange can be saved," Grero said.


 The minister said they would also focus on further developing the state education sector. The government was planning to increase state university intake by 15% by 2020. According to its policy the main target was to increase the intake up to 50,000 students by 2020, Grero said.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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