Main opposition UNP parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana yesterday said that 142 of the 225 members in the present Parliament had failed the GCE Advanced Level Examination while 94 members had failed GCE Ordinary Level examination,
“This is today’s state of affairs in the Parliament where the country was being administrated. Although I don’t have statistics on the situation in the Provincial Councils and other local bodies, I’m sure it cannot be better” Mr. Pathirana told the Daily Mirror.
He said he agreed that examinations meant brushing up knowledge and not intelligence because there were people who achieved so much without paper qualifications.
“There have been and there still are successful politicians and intellectuals though they haven’t had good results but there aren’t many of them. The educational background and qualities of most politicians chosen by the people are degrading,” he said.
He said even a school child was not in favour of becoming a politician because of the image they had today. “Students want to become doctors and engineers. They will never want to become politicians. Students are using words like fraudster, liar and swindler to describe a politician,” he said.
He further said one might guess the numbers of MPs who had failed the A/L and O/L examinations did not tally but they must understand that there were MPs who had failed both the O/L and A/L examinations as well.
Wasnata Wickrama Saturday, 20 September 2014 03:10 PM
How many ministers without O/L?
weera Saturday, 20 September 2014 03:19 PM
[quote name="sss"]what a stupid people, no standard in electing politicians[/quote] You shouldn't say that. Look.. people have elected high standard Politicians like (Dr) Mervyn Silva.
chimpa Saturday, 20 September 2014 03:25 PM
If the details given is correct, no wonder we face so much troublesome activities and barrier for progress. In future the leaders need to focus more attention on these things too including their backgrounds.
Nick Saturday, 20 September 2014 09:55 AM
Very true..... you do not have to be a graduate to become a politician. But please look at countries like Singapore and Malaysia how they achieved their success. It is because of their educated leaders. This is evident in Sri Lanka, compare Prof. G.L.Peiris with another. 20 people of that calibre is enough for us I guess. National leaders, please think about it. It is a timely need.
atlas Saturday, 20 September 2014 09:55 AM
So 142 members just completed grade 9 (year 10) and they are the law makers for the country with higher literacy rate and high qualified people. Damn !!! I agree now 'Miracle of Asia'
T Wickramaratna Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:29 AM
We are still in the habit of voting for the Buth Gotta
sss Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:38 AM
what a stupid people, no standard in electing politicians
vasanthie Saturday, 20 September 2014 07:36 PM
can we have breakdown by parties
old citizen Saturday, 20 September 2014 07:14 AM
Now we know why most of these law makers become law breakers.
Rodda Saturday, 20 September 2014 01:28 PM
Can you please name them with the results
laksiri Sunday, 21 September 2014 12:05 AM
do you know how many ministers with HIV positive in parliament ?how many drugs dealers? how many murders ?
Namal Perera Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:14 PM
Interesting to find out how many has criminal records under following categories - corruption, rapists, murderers, drug dealers and terrorists etc. Readers please note we are not talking about the former Democratic Sri Lanka but newly created and family owned corrupt lawless Banana Republic.
N. Mithra Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:20 PM
Please do not quote GLP. He has sold his qualifications. The only person who could have been a minister in VP's cabinet if he was able to form a government. Qualification alone is not enough. Integrity and public interest should be in the forefront.
[quote name="Nick"]Very true..... you do not have to be a graduate to become a politician. But please look at countries like Singapore and Malaysia how they achieved their success. It is because of their educated leaders. This is evident in Sri Lanka, compare Prof. G.L.Peiris with another. 20 people of that calibre is enough for us I guess. National leaders, please think about it. It is a timely need.[/quote]
sobers Saturday, 20 September 2014 08:43 AM
There may be some who have not passed even grade 8. No wonder so many are seeking assylum overseas. Politicians in this country immaterial of Parliament, Provincial councils, Village councils or even a stooge of a politician becomes so rich or super rich after entering politics in very short time. How is this? Politicians prosper and people perish!
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 20 September 2014 08:49 AM
They say that there is not much of a difference between the world's oldest profession, i.e. prostitution and the second oldest, which is politics. Whilst those who practise both professions do not need any academic qualifications, the real tragedy is whilst those who engage in the oldest profession have no bearing on the public at large, the uneducated politicians have become law-makers and govern the country.
Perumal Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:53 PM
[quote name="old citizen"]Now we know why most of these law makers become law breakers.[/quote] After flunking the basic examinations they have only two choices; either to become thieves or politicians! But now both are the same.
VoiceOfLanka Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:57 PM
People nowadays a driven by and large, by the money they can make in the shortest time. Seedy business ventures and politics coated with thuggery is a sure-fit avenue for a minority who unfortunately for all others will claim the reins of power. SL still can be proud that despite the stench emitted by its rulers, they are intelligent, decent and persevering in world standards.