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While the authorities had taken steps to set up private educational institutions some 1,500 schools in the country on the verge of shutting down as they did not have the money for maintenance, the Maoist Ceylon Communist Party said.

Addressing a public lecture organised by the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF) the party’s Secretary Surendra Rupasinghe said a large number of schools did not have basic facilities such as buildings, classroom furniture, computer laboratories, libraries and other resources necessary for education development.

He said the vast majority in the country would not be able to afford the expensive education services promoted by the authorities. “They are trying to politicise the education sector in the country. A transformation of the social order is needed to change the education structure,” he said.

Inter-Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee President Nilan Fernando alleged that the government attempted to create division among student communities to fulfil their own agendas. “We urge the authorities to protect the education system in the country and to refrain from setting up institutions that have no legitimacy. They have no legal right do it,” Fernando said.

Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) President Nirmal Devasiri said the education system faced major challenges which was visible by the vast protests by student and academic communities and said that a change in policies was required to sustain the education in the country.

The public lecture was attended by a number of students, academics and individual from political groups. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • citizen1 Sunday, 29 January 2012 08:42 AM

    ...by which time the children wll be uneducated, unemployable adults, leeching off s the taxpayer. Do the math. How many lives/futures are going down the drain?!

    citizen1 Sunday, 29 January 2012 08:46 AM

    good example....Louis the 16th I presume?

    Charmaine Saturday, 28 January 2012 04:10 AM

    No It is coming from the money earned from Toll collected from the Southern Highway or from tourists visas!!!

    citizen1 Sunday, 29 January 2012 08:58 AM

    In the next 'athme'....I believe that was sarcasm?!

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 29 January 2012 09:16 AM

    Look at the brighter side of this. More uneducated politicians in future to rule us!

    kumudu Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:12 AM

    Here the number of schools closed in last 10 years, giving reasons lack of teachers, average 15 schools per year. While every 16 students in average teacher is paid salary. It means it need re-structuring, as they did mistakes in the past. We need more schools and all the schools should come under a board of trustees.

    Lanke Banda Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:13 AM

    All the best Data Kirula exhibition in A'Pura. LKR 220 M.

    BADA-UDA GEMMBA Saturday, 28 January 2012 01:52 PM

    Revolution....NOT BEFORE TIME!!!!!1

    BADA-UDA GEMMBA Saturday, 28 January 2012 01:53 PM

    BLEAK HOUSE .....is it????/

    RajasH Saturday, 28 January 2012 02:52 PM

    Appeal to the Tamil Diaspora(AKA LTTE rump) for funds,

    silva Saturday, 28 January 2012 03:31 PM

    Sri lanka is going to be the envy of all the countries in the world!!!

    hewa Friday, 27 January 2012 04:13 PM

    However, funds are readily available for the construction of stadiums, towers, and holding international events such as IIFA, Commonwealth games etc..! God bless! this "hub of knowledge in Asia"

    Rimzan Hassan Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:11 PM

    Bright Future......

    sena Friday, 27 January 2012 06:13 PM

    and 1 in 5 children are undernourished paving a bleak future for the society

    BandulaGu Friday, 27 January 2012 06:55 PM

    hang on tight, we are going to reopen them in 2020 with the money earned from Hambanthota harbour and th eprivate universties.

    BADA-UDA GEMMBA Friday, 27 January 2012 09:31 PM

    It is not "The miracle of Asia" IT IS THE "WONDER OF ASIA" Wondering 'what NEXT'???

    Saman Sunday, 29 January 2012 01:16 AM

    A school is opened 1000 crimes prevented. A school is closed the crime rate multiplied by 1500 x 1000. ???

    Ravi k Friday, 27 January 2012 10:02 PM

    It is called French Revolution

    Nodrog Sunday, 29 January 2012 02:36 AM

    Think you're mistaken......talking about schools not training camps!

    manik Friday, 27 January 2012 11:23 PM

    Is it 2020 or 2120?

    gajan99 Saturday, 28 January 2012 01:31 AM

    Government does not have enough money to through to schools.

    Educationist Saturday, 28 January 2012 01:57 AM

    Thank you Mao, where have you been all this time. Can't we get money from China to solve this problem?.

    Ami Sunday, 29 January 2012 05:17 AM

    Every single School you close - Hundred prisons are in the making ! ( Sigh )

    gajan99 Saturday, 28 January 2012 03:39 AM

    Give them cake.


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