Education, Jobs, and Youth
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Ending the Test Score Horse Race: Transforming Sri Lanka’s Education

Shadow Education – better known as tuition classes – is a thriving industry in Sri Lanka. Students are made to believe that shadow education is essential to achieving academic success at the school level. This notion is perpetuated by Sri Lanka’s rigid and one-way education system, with an overemphasis on examinations and test scores. This blog by Ashani Abayasekara argues that this phenomenon actually undermines all-round education and systematic changes need to take place to overcome this challenge.

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Women in the Sri Lankan Workforce: Dissecting Education and Female Labour Force Participation

Improving Sri Lanka’s female labour force participation has been an issue troubling policymakers in the recent past. Most solutions to this problem are concerned with helping women to balance work-life activities. This blog shows that low female labour force participation is more an issue for low skilled females. The labour force participation of higher skilled females is on par with that of males. As such, this blog argues that better education and better jobs will also encourage more females to enter the workforce.

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Path to Skills Development: Helping Sri Lankan Youth Navigate the Hurdle of O-Level

Ordinary Level (O-Level) Examinations are a hurdle that almost all youngsters in Sri Lanka face. While some pass with flying colors, some are not as fortunate and poor performance at this milestone examination puts a stop to their school careers. This article examines whether, and to what extent, school-level resources have an impact on O-Level performance, focusing on several socio-economic, school, teacher, and principal characteristics.

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Bridging the Skill Gap: A Challenge in Sri Lanka’s Quest for Economic Growth

Human capital is an essential resource in achieving the Sri Lankan Government’s envisaged development goals and transforming the country into a modern manufacturing economy. High quality human resources with expertise in science and technology and a skilled labour force are also necessary to compete globally. However, Sri Lanka is facing a major challenge in meeting these emerging skill requirements. In this context, this article by Priyanka Jayawardena explores some policy recommendations to bridge the widening skill gap.

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The Dwindling Stitching Hands: Labour Shortages in the Apparel Industry in Sri Lanka

The apparel industry has been a key contributor of the Sri Lankan economy and a major job creator for women over the years. However, there is an increasing difficulty in recruiting women into the industry, especially at the lower levels, leading to a crippling labour shortage in the industry. This article by Sunimalee Madurawala examines the key reasons behind the issue and gives policy recommendations to attract women to the apparel sector.

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