Expensive Dentists

Aug 19, 2008 (LBO) – The cost of producing a dentist in Sri Lanka is 60 percent higher than that of producing a medical doctor, while a veterinarian costs 30 percent more, government data showed. Sri Lanka’s university system, which is funded by taxes from the people, spent 1.3 million on producing a doctor, 1.6 million on a vet and 2.1 million on a dentist, information released to reporters by mass media minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene showed.

A business studies graduate cost 288,361 rupees while an engineering graduate cost 658,532 rupees.

Lawyers were the cheapest at 202,558 rupees each. Authorities say the unit cost of training some undergraduates was high, because student enrollment was limited in some disciplines.

Last week university students took to the streets protesting against the attempt to privatise free education and were tear gassed by police when they tried to march into the official residence of Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa to hand over a letter of protest.

Minister Abeywardene charged that the students were egged on by political forces, in a referenc