Home / In Depth/ Will the current education system support ‘Vision 2020’?

Will the current education system support ‘Vision 2020’?


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 3 October 2013 00:00


To discuss the future of the education system in Sri Lanka, a panel discussion titled ‘Vision 2020’ took place at the last session of the conference. Moderated by Executive Council Member Ruwan Gallage, the panellists included Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Solutions Program Director Srilal Miththapala, Candor Equity CEO/Director Ravi Abeysuriya, Cargills Agriculture and Commercial Bank CEO Harris Premaratne and Hayleys Business Solutions International Managing Director Dr. Arul Sivagananathan. At the discussion Abeysuriya asserted there is a huge gap in the talent required and supplied. He expressed if Sri Lanka is to proceed with the five hub concept, it is absolutely necessary to narrow the gap. “Do we have a road map or are we blindly doing this? I haven’t seen anything done so far. In terms of education, the primary requirement is a roadmap. Malaysia had one, and look at the outcome,” he said. While the question of privatisation still remains, Abeysuriya said instead of debating, which leads to no results, the country should move on. He highlighted the Sri Lankan Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) is a perfect example where a Public Private Partnership (PPP) has worked well and opined the model should be followed. The establishment of the PPP model led to the question of education being affordable. For this the panel agreed that a loan system, similar to what Australia has, should be formulated. Focusing on the financial service industry, a field where young graduates are noted to be showing keen interest, Premaratne said the input few years ago from the workforce was not focused. “We saw graduates of various disciplines entering the finance industry. It is a waste of resources. Because of the demand we saw more and more coming into the discipline. Now a vast pool is entering the industry,” he said. Premaratne stated that graduates preferred to enter the financial service industry since there were jobs available. Stressing that Sri Lanka has a long way to go to compete with the rest of Asia, he said: “From now onwards there needs to be a lot of improvement if Sri Lanka wants to become noticeable.”

Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to t


‘So Sri Lanka’ – upgrade staff, processes, infrastructure at BIA arrivals to be world’s best!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

24 October, time 12:47 p.m., place – my residence in Colombo My phone buzzes with a WhatsApp message from my old colleague Prasad Fernanado now with Saudi British Bank in Saudi. I am thrilled to see the message ‘Sri Lanka top country for travel i


Qatar crisis: From the Sri Lankans’ point of view

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The aim of this article is to examine the Saudi blockade over Qatar and its impact in the past 17 months on the country. A special focus will be given to the Sri Lankan workers who have been living in Qatar for the past two decades. The reason why th


The reality of Sri Lanka – household end!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Whilst Sri Lanka is debating what is right and wrong on the governance of the country, the Sri Lankan household is falling part due to escalating costs, as per the latest data released by respected research agency Nielsen. For the seventh quarter in


Columnists More