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Quality of Teachers Does Matter in Sri Lanka: Lessons from the Best Education Systems

In this special article marking International Students’ Day 2014 (17th November) Nisha Arunatilake takes a look at the vital ingredients for improving teacher quality in Sri Lanka’s schools.

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Asia’s Rise: Undoubted but not Unimpeded

The one defining feature of the shifts in economics, geopolitics and society taking place today, is the rise of Asia. What are the factors influencing this rise? And what lessons do they hold for Sri Lanka’s growth journey?

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‘Comprehensive Policy Changes Needed to Help Sri Lanka Realise its Youth Potential’ – Q&A with Nisha Arunatilake

In this second special post coinciding with the World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka, we present an interview with Dr. Nisha Arunatilake, Research Fellow and Head of the Labour, Employment and Human Resources Development Unit of the IPS. Interviewed by the Talking Economics team (TE), Nisha (NA) discusses the challenges that must be tackled across a spectrum of issues – education quality, skills shortages, retaining talent, and improving the entrepreneurship climate. She says it’s time for comprehensive policy changes, as “selective changes alone will not be able to change the system adequately”, and points to initiatives by China and Singapore from which Sri Lanka can draw useful lessons.

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WCY 2014: A Recap of IPS Knowledge Contributions to the Youth Agenda

The World Conference on Youth 2014 kicks off today with over 600 delegates from across the world gather in Sri Lanka to debate and discuss the critical challenges facing young people today, and the need to mainstream these issues in to the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda. The IPS is proud to be associated with the event, as a key knowledge partner, with several of our researchers serving as resource persons at the event. As the WCY 2014 begins, we present you a multimedia overview of IPS engagement with the issues coming into focus at the summit, in this special blog post.

A Comment on ‘New Educational Policies and Proposals’ for General Education in Sri Lanka

Despite impressive performance in access to education, issues of quality of education, access to higher levels of education and relevance of education has challenged the education sector in the recent past. In this regard, the initiative proposed in the New …