Sri Lanka’s human skills gap: Dangerously looming over the country’s future growth prospects

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Unrewarding educational attainments

There are some macro numbers relating to Sri Lanka’s educational attainments and human development which should surely please everyone. The country’s literacy ratio at 92 out of 100 on average is on par with any developed country. There is a wide-spread school system with a school in every 6.5 square kilometres of land.

The schools are so well staffed that a teacher has to look after on average only 18 students, an attainment about which a school administrator even in a developed country will certainly feel envious of. While 90% of children at age 5 get admitted to primary education, some 80% of those of school going age have got a state run school.

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