Sujata Gamage

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...


Non-workers on parade on workers day

/ Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00

Since the famous Haymarket riots in Chicago in 1884 that led to international recognition for a day dedicated to rights of workers, May Da...


Understanding our youth

/ Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

  Beginning this decade, Sri Lanka will experience a decreasing youth population and the dividend potential will decrease accordingly. Th...


Avurudu: When we eat the same thing at the same time

/ Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00

  This is one day when we can bridge many divides in our society and almost all of us eat the same thing at the same time &nbs...


Vocational-professional continuum: Antidote to the vocational-academic divide?

/ Wednesday, 6 April 2016 00:00

The red and white barber poles in old barber shops in Europe and USA is a relic from the time when barbers also functioned as surgeons. The pole is...


Bridging the vocational-academic divide

/ Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00

  The Budget for 2016 targeted a substantial increase for education with little attention paid to systemic changes   ...


Power in the park and the Horapalana-Jathika Chintana toxic combination

/ Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:00

    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka writes that the joint Opposition crowd that gathered at Hyde Park on 17 March represents leftis...


Present public universities as leaders of innovation: An oxymoron?

/ Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:00

 An oxymoron is a situation where seemingly contradictory elements are brought together. In the present case the contradictory elements are in...


Men, women and their relationship

/ Wednesday, 9 March 2016 00:10

We should start from the basics of giving more life skills to both boys and girls in our education by gradually moving to mixed educationa...


Arts and Humanities education deserves a second look

/ Wednesday, 2 March 2016 00:00

Dedicated to Late Prof. Senake Bandaranayake, Professor of Archaeology and a champion of Arts and Humanities education, on his first death annivers...


Provinces are asserting authority in education, finally

/ Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

To date the Central Government has either maintained or expanded its bureaucratic arm in regard to the devolved subjects, with education b...


Sinha-Le and the ethno-religious identity wars

/ Wednesday, 3 February 2016 00:00

 Minorities assert their identity by overtly ethno-religious or other ideological displays as a reaction to dominance by a majority. The major...


Governability in the absence of a powerful executive presidency

/ Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00

    Abolishing the executive presidency and reforming the electoral system are two key issues under consideration in the ...


A constitution is only as good as its society

/ Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:00

These are not ideal times for constitutional changes, in Sri Lanka in particular. There is still too much meanness and the atmosphere is s...


Values for the 21st century

/ Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

     President Maithripala Sirisena was elected on a platform that emphasised values. “A man to restore disapp...


National Human Resources Development Council should be more strategic

/ Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:00

It is good news indeed that the National Human Resources Development Council (NHRDC) has been rescued from obscurity and placed under the Ministry ...


A skills development policy framework for achieving Budget 2016 objectives

/ Wednesday, 9 December 2015 00:00

The 2016 Budget of the Government of Sri Lanka identifies several key issues facing skills development in the country. Foremost is the familiar sto...


SAITM and issue of access to professional education in SL

/ Wednesday, 2 December 2015 00:00

  The first batch of MBBS graduates from SAITM is expected to be announced in 2016. However, the Sri Lanka Medical Council had informe...


Budget 2016 and the ‘light-touch’ education policy changes therein

/ Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00

  While the Government provides the infrastructure, the potential to transform education is in the hands of the National Institute of ...


Cultural divide in higher education and elsewhere

/ Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

  We often hear the refrain that rural youth are smart enough, but their lack of English language skills is a major problem a...


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An ‘affair’ of the mind between a nubile undergrad and her ageing professor

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Political violence and (this time) the Chief Minister!

28 May 2016

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Noah’s Albatross and Postdiluvian Politics

27 May 2016

 APRÈS MOI, LE DÉLUGE! In the aftermath of the Great Flood of 2016, if Sri Lanka is to Build Back Better, the political leadership must be instrumental in syncing Government actors and State agencies in working together with gre...


The promise of Yahapalanaya should not get washed away

27 May 2016

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