Education, Jobs, and Youth
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Budget Allocations for Teacher Training: Is Sri Lanka Playing its Cards Right?

Sri Lanka’s Budget 2018 has proposed to allocate Rs. 50 million to establish a center dedicated to training teachers in the English Language. Highly qualified teachers in all classrooms are necessary for implementing education reforms aimed at modernizing and improving education in the country; as such proposals for improving teacher training are welcome. This analysis argues that there is no shortage of teachers for English language, science, and mathematics at the national level. However, there is a shortage of qualified and experienced teachers to teach these subjects.

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Is Sri Lanka’s Grade Five Scholarship Exam Akin to a Fool’s Errand?

The grade five scholarship examination is usually the first significant academic hurdle that most youngsters in Sri Lanka face. While children are prepared from a young age to face the exam successfully, how many manage to score above the cut-off mark each year? Does the exam serve its intended objectives of providing better schools and financial aid to bright students? Is it worth the time, money, and effort spent by young children and their parents? This blog by Ashani Abayasekara seeks to answer these questions, using data from the 2016 School Census conducted by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

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Poverty and Access to Education: An Old Problem Affecting the Young Generation of Sri Lanka

Poverty is one of the main reasons children leave school early. This in turn increases the level of poverty, and worse, keeps the poor trapped in a poverty cycle. Education is the key to escaping this poverty trap. Thus, the author takes a closer look at how lives of the poor could be improved by keeping children in school.

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Unpaid Care Work: The Overlooked Barrier in Women’s Economic Empowerment

Over 75% of the world’s total unpaid care work is done by women. However, this work is largely excluded from national income accounts and macro-economic statistics. This has led to significant gaps in economic policymaking, both in Sri Lanka and around the world. This blog argues that recognizing, reducing and redistributing unpaid care work is vital to fostering economic growth, and closing gender gaps in the labour market.

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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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