Sujata Gamage

Local elections: New mixed-member method or old PR method?

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:10

  I was looking forward to voting in local elections under a new mixed member system. Wearing my ratepayer hat, I was attracted to the...


Can tabs do what PCs or bricks could not do for education?

/ Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:08

The education component of Budget 2017 has many positive features. Unspecified infrastructure expenditures from the previous budget have b...


Working with the second or third best option – in education and everything

/ Wednesday, 2 November 2016 00:01

January 9th of 2015 dawned with much hope but with much baggage too, it turns out. As events since then show, moving forward will be a tough balanc...


Selective schools vs. nonselective schools debate in UK and lessons for Sri Lanka

/ Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:02

  Children on their way to school. Selective and non-selective schools cannot coexist, unless we find some way of linking these school...


Assuring representation for dispersed minorities in a new electoral system

/ Wednesday, 5 October 2016 00:02

  In an ideal world, voters would vote for the best individual irrespective of ethnicity, but, with the country slowly emerging from the ...


Megapolis plan requires a concerted school location plan

/ Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:03

The doctors have opened a can of worms with their demands for super popular schools. On close examination, the popular school concept as practiced ...


Manage the foreign consultants, don’t complain about them

/ Wednesday, 7 September 2016 00:01

  The Sri Lanka Government is a trillion rupee company for which we perpetuate the myth that it is owned by the people Sri Lan...


Yahapalana record of the Government

/ Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:01

  Even today, after a historic defeat of an all-powerful President and removal of substantial powers of presidency and the establishme...


The socio-cultural dimension of the human capital question and technology solutions

/ Wednesday, 17 August 2016 00:02

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Pic by Upul Abayasekera At the Human Capital Summit which was held last week, Prime Minister R...


Public or Private: All medical students should pay-up?

/ Wednesday, 3 August 2016 00:00

Lost in the for-or-against-SAITM debate is the ethicality of exchanging a medical degree obtained free-of-charge for higher remuneration ...


Let us say ‘Black July: Never again’ through the right electoral system

/ Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:00

    The challenge in constitutional reforms is to have the long-term goal of a Sri Lankan identity, while giving the space f...


Mediocrity and ethnic rivalry: A toxic combination in University of Jaffna?

/ Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

  If we care about higher education in Sri Lanka, we need to maintain or reduce the State-funded opportunities, put more money into ex...


Cabinet portfolios after one year: Spotlight on education

/ Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:09

The Cabinet of the new Government elected on 8 August 2015 made nearly 700 decisions during the last 11 months, and 36 of these decisions ...


Education and social mobility: A broken link?

/ Wednesday, 6 July 2016 00:10

   Free education may have served the purpose of politicians by keeping up a façade of equality, but it is time to take of...


Brexit success and the response of universities

/ Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:10

 W.A. Wijewardena in his Daily FT column on 27 June questions whether the UK Universities and the research sector is the biggest casualty in t...


Higher education in Asia: Making the most of private investments for public objectives

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:01

    If the Government does the needed regulation, private investments in higher education can be directed towards the pub...


Electoral reforms should not be left to politicians

/ Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:00

Electoral reforms are back on the political agenda. By all accounts, the present proportional representation (PR) system is to be changed to a &lsq...


Higher education in Asia and the Public-Private distinction

/ Wednesday, 8 June 2016 00:10

    There are burning issues in higher education in Sri Lanka, but the notion that “state universities are good - o...


Is a degree worth the cost?

/ Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

If a family can afford to pay, higher education is worth the cost. However, when tax revenues are spent or  students borrow to atte...


Men, women and the public space

/ Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:00

Earlier I wrote about men, women and their relationships. It was more about the personal space within our family units.  Women rule the pers...


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President to unveil bronze statue in Borella of Ceylon’s second Prime Minister tomorrow

10 December 2016

Those who have known or met the second Prime Minister of then Ceylon are but a few among the living now, albeit few relatives. Those who are living but yet remember to give the information are even less in number. Some of us were fortunate to ha...


Local elections: New mixed-member method or old PR method?

9 December 2016

  I was looking forward to voting in local elections under a new mixed member system. Wearing my ratepayer hat, I was attracted to the idea of electing somebody who would be accountable to my ‘ward’ or my neighbourhood in ...


Youth underemployment: Tragedy of a generation

9 December 2016

Out of the 7.8 million employed population, 1.2 million people are estimated to be three-wheeler drivers. This is a staggering 15.4% of the working population. As a result today many sectors of the economy today are starved of critical ma...


Governance: On the bus! Or has it missed the bus?

9 December 2016

‘ISSARAHA BAHINAWAA’ – civil society’s proclivity is bow out of a crowded bus when private interests and partisan agendas win the argument over reason and responsibility; but now, more than ever perhaps, is the tim...


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