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
“Is Sri Lanka’s grade five scholarship exam akin to a fool’s errand?”, Talking Economics, October 2017.
“Ending the test score horse race: Transforming Sri Lanka’s education”, Talking Economics, August 2017.
(With Nisha Arunatilake) “Path to skills development: Helping Sri Lankan youth navigate the hurdle of O-Level”, Talking Economics, 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