Ashani is an Economist with research interests in labour economics, economics of education, development economics, and microeconometrics. She holds a BA in Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Peradeniya and a Masters in International and Development Economics from the Australian National University.


Better Schools for Better O-Level Results in Sri Lanka, by Ashani Abayasekara and Nisha Arunatilake, November 2017


Presentation on “School-Level Bottlenecks in Improving O-Level Performance in Sri Lanka

IPS In House Seminar
10 July 2017


‘Better Schools for Better O-Level Results in Sri Lanka’ Report Launch, on State of Business by Art TV

Shortage of qualified teachers in math and science linked to poor O/L results: IPS – Daily FT, 29 Nov. 2017

Poor teacher recruitment policies hamper academic performance of govt. schools: IPS – Daily Mirror, 29 Nov. 2017

Sri Lanka experiencing shortage of teachers, despite surplus – IPS – News First, 29 Nov. 2017

Teach the teachers – Daily FT, 30 Nov. 2017

‘Better Schools for Better O-Level Results in Sri Lanka’ draws attention to the shortage of qualified and experienced teachers – The Island, 30 Nov. 2017

Lack of education faculties means poor quality teachers – Sunday Times, 03 Dec. 2017