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SAITM and issue of access to professional education in SL

Views - 4560 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 informed the Minster for Health by a letter dated 25 September 2015 that “The degree awarded by SAITM


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

Views - 4673 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 Education which is responsible for curricula and teacher training and development. The spotlight rea


Cultural divide in higher education and elsewhere

Views - 2256 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 and so on. However, after working with local government councillors, school teachers and rural youth


Lessons on moral authority from a venerable monk

Views - 3293 Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

With Venerable Sobitha Thero’s departure, the best we can do is to learn from the path he followed and continue his efforts to engage and agitate for change. The Ven. Thero exercised a kind of moral authority unseen among the Buddhist clergy


Beyond policy silos – towards a unified qualification framework for Sri Lanka

Views - 2346 Wednesday, 4 November 2015 00:15

The HND accountancy drama a few days back is a manifestation indeed of education policy making at its silo worst                                   


Increased funding for education calls for ‘genuine’ decentralisation of education administration

Views - 2291 Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

The ‘Nearest school is the best school’ slogan adopted by the Ministry captures the essence of the solution we need in education today       Three rights are to be enshrined in a


How good are our universities?

Views - 2740 Wednesday, 21 October 2015 00:00

We have 15 universities proclaimed to be institutions of higher learning by relevant Acts of Parliament, but, are they institutions of higher learning in practice?       The need for creative


The role of universities and research institutes in an innovation economy

Views - 2295 Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00

  Universities in Sri Lanka indeed need to be drawn into the innovation economy, keeping in mind that the primary role of universities in providing the advanced human resource capacity for innovation and that a supporting industry bas


Embrace tuition to empower teachers?

Views - 1649 Wednesday, 7 October 2015 00:00

   Schools and teachers function in an extremely competitive environment where every parent aspires for the best for their children and the best is measured by success at examinations      


Can values be taught in schools?

Views - 2483 Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00

Family, religion and schools are typically seen as three main institutions through which values are passed on to the next generation. Schools always come to the forefront in public discourses about values since they are perhaps relatively


Technology, students and learning

Views - 1963 Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00

  Unlike Europe, the majority of our children come from homes where technology at home is a pipe-dream     New studies point to practical approaches for Sri Lanka ICT has offered much p


The real issue is not the size of the Cabinet but its performance

Views - 1740 Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:09

There seems to be much dissatisfaction about the size and the composition of the present Cabinet, but, it is time to accept the state of affairs and turn the spotlight on the performance of the Cabinet Ministers.  Splintering of responsibil


Making sense of the 48 portfolios in the new Cabinet

Views - 2736 Wednesday, 9 September 2015 00:00

Ranil Wickremesinghe no doubt would have liked to have a lean and mean Cabinet but the voters of this country have forced his hands otherwise     The increase of ministerial portfolios from 30 t


A Research Institute for Diyawannava – An idea long overdue

Views - 2636 Thursday, 3 September 2015 00:00

  A key proposal during the opening session of the eighth Parliament was the proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to set up a Parliamentary Research Institute   The opening session of the eighth Parliam


Drivers of change and education reforms

Views - 2300 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:00

Education, school education in particular, is an area where is efficiency of government is paramount; more importantly, radical new ideas are needed here   Education is one of the five thrust areas in the UNP manifest


A functioning state should not be seen only at election time

Views - 1817 Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

  An election is an instance when we see our State apparatus at its best     The distinction between the state and the government is not always clear. Strictly speaking, the government is made up of elec


Election promises and the youth vote

Views - 1972 Wednesday, 12 August 2015 00:00

  Currently there are 2.4 million or so youth between the ages of 18-24. The oldest among this group turned 18 during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s first presidential term       The youth vot


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Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti


Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.


Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist


Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new


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