Amaraweera laments failure of all govts since independence to formulate a National Education Policy


By Saman Indrajith

Chief Opposition Whip and UPFA MP Mahinda Amaraweera, yesterday, said that all the governments which had ruled the country till now should be ashamed of the absence of a National Education Policy.

Speaking during the committee stage debate on Appropriation Bill 2019 on Education and Higher Education Ministries, Amaraweera said the entire education system was in crisis at the moment because the country lacked a national policy on education.

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

Amaraweera said that the governments always presented statistics as regards the number of students who qualified to enrol for internal degree programs at state universities. "But can we really be happy about it? Our children receive education free. But when they pass out from the state universities do we have jobs? There are many positions available in the government sector but we do not have qualified people for them. At the same time, thousands of youth take to the streets, demanding jobs. This is because as a country we do not have a solid national policy on education. This is actually a sad situation."

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