The 14th Edition of the Talking Economics Digest centers on the theme of ‘Bridging the Skill Gap.’ The mismatch between the demand and supply of skilled employees is the Achilles heel of Sri Lanka’s labour market.
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.
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.
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.
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.