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Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena and Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake would have been unheard of if there had been no free education in the country, said the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday.

JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said at media briefing that Mr. S. B. Dissanayake would have been a farmer if not for free education.

He charged that it was such people as these who were selling degrees at Rs 150,000 each today and thereby scrapping the free education system.

Mr. Anura Kumara Dissanayake said 214 university students who had fought against the scrapping of free education had been suspended from the universities.

Coming up with more allegations, he said the government had allocated only 1.49 percent of GDP for education in 2013. He said this was less than the proportion allocated for the previous year, which was 1.86 percent.

Throwing a challenge to Minister Dissanayake, the JVP MP invited him to an open debate at Viharamahadevi Park or at the premises of any university. (Yohan Perera and Lahiru Pothmulla)
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  • Suq Madique Friday, 14 June 2013 12:32 AM

    Not only SB but the entire lot of ministers starting from the very top!

    KD Friday, 14 June 2013 10:08 AM

    bingo!

    Rohith Friday, 14 June 2013 07:49 AM

    Free education has its good side for those who appreciate it. But it also made ways for the undesirables to inter parliament. The reason we had decent politicians those days was because they all came from good schools and good families. SWRD opened the flood gates to get votes and the so-called 'Common-Man' entered parliament. That was the beginning of the end. Else, 95% of those in parliament and Temple Trees would have been selling vegetables in villages. It should have been like that.

    Rohith Friday, 14 June 2013 10:20 AM

    You are spot on mate. We boast of high literacy but our women slave themselves under barbarians in the Middle East.. I don't think there's a single woman educated at a private school who has ever gone to the Middle East as a maid. All we have is an over supply of useless graduates who fill an already over sized public service. What a failure. All at tax payers expense.

    Critic Roshan Friday, 14 June 2013 01:07 AM

    If that had happened, he could have spoiled the farmers too.

    KD Friday, 14 June 2013 01:09 AM

    I'd rather be a farmer who feeds a nation than any of the MPs including the one who made the statement.

    Grace Friday, 14 June 2013 08:21 AM

    Farming is a profession of gullible people and party politics is for crafty class.

    Cobra Friday, 14 June 2013 01:34 AM

    I suppose he still is- growing discord among the universities!!!

    Vaz Friday, 14 June 2013 08:32 AM

    That is the bad side of free education bringing unsuitable people to the the power.

    Ranjith Silva Friday, 14 June 2013 06:19 AM

    So What?. Being a farmer in sri lanka is the most recognized and valuable profession, than a clerk or a salesman. What JVP think on Jathika Chinthanaya?. Insulting farmers as a low quality job?

    ANTON Friday, 14 June 2013 01:42 AM

    DOES ANURA THINK THAT FARMING IS NOT A GOOD PROFESSION ? I THINK FREE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS NOT SUITABLE FOR SRILANKA.

    Ramanan Friday, 14 June 2013 06:23 AM

    Wrong. Not due to free education. Had he not come to politics, he would have still been a farmer!!

    nalin Friday, 14 June 2013 08:54 AM

    At least S.B went to do the B.Sc degree with a class. Most of the J.V.P guys have either even qualified to enter same and even the ones entered there, failed the exams and were thrown out!!!

    sammy Friday, 14 June 2013 06:27 AM

    KD, you meen better be a farmer feeding the nation that a MP eating the nation or rather castrating it.

    Avb Friday, 14 June 2013 09:07 AM

    There is no such thing as free. My motherS and fatherS paid for my school and Uni education. I am sure all our farthers and mothers did this for their children without expecting anything back.
    Bandaranayake family or Rajapakse paracites didn't pay for my education.
    So the education we got is not free, our mothers and fathers worked for that (plus some uncle Sams donations )
    Anybody get my point?

    ARP Friday, 14 June 2013 06:32 AM

    Majority, for that matter all of the persons in LTTE & JVP are products of the free education system. If they know the value of education, they would not have created so much chaos.

    Batangala Friday, 14 June 2013 04:25 AM

    Including JVP members in the parliament.

    Shehan Friday, 14 June 2013 04:35 AM

    And see what free education has created. A corrupt politician who is unfit to provide any leadership. This shows the failure of the free system.

    Marcelle McDonald Friday, 14 June 2013 04:43 AM

    Why that 'free education is not suitable for Sri Lanka...? Than

    banda Friday, 14 June 2013 12:00 AM

    nothing should be free.. they should pay for it.. then the strikes will stop! via DM Android App

    Ranjan Friday, 14 June 2013 09:49 AM

    Free education has been a miserable failure, the large number of people who are sent to the middle east are the maids,drivers and manual labour. If this is the outcome of free education there is something really wrong with the education system where billions are spent annually.

    saradiyal Friday, 14 June 2013 09:48 AM

    End of free education will at least stop people like this ending up becoming education ministers in the future. Look at the way Doctors are behaving.

    kiwi Friday, 14 June 2013 07:20 AM

    Because the country has not benefitted from most of those who received free ducation.


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