Nisha Arunatillake

Sri Lanka’s Human Capital Progress: Still Less than its Full Potential

The World Bank’s Human Capital Index (HCI) summarises the ‘amount of human capital a child born today could expect to attain by age 18’. Sri Lanka’s HCI for 2018, the best in the South Asian region, is 0.58. However, there is room for improvement. A closer examination of the sub-indices of the HCI shows that two of the areas that need attention are education and health.

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.

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.

Persons with Difficulties in the Sri Lankan Labour Market

Based on recent study on labour market characteristics in Sri Lanka, this article suggests policies to improve labour market participation of persons with difficulties in the country.

Eliminating Pension Anomalies – Reaching Beyond Public Servants

This article to mark the National Pensions Day argues the need to eliminate pension anomalies for all elderly in Sri Lanka.