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World Bank says the country has lost the education advantage it had in Asia but second generation reforms of the sector can help Sri Lanka regain lost ground. World Bank says the country has lost the education advantage it had in Asia but second generation reforms of the sector can help Sri Lanka regain lost ground. In an in-depth look at the sector the World Bank, which is getting ready to give budget support to the sector says spending will not only have to be increased but also re-oriented.

Sri Lanka has a wide network of government schools serving hundreds of students even in the rural areas like Yatiyanthota. But student populations in rural schools are shrinking.

Economic development and migration is slowly emptying villages far from cities as people crowd cities where jobs are easier to find.

Migration has not only resulted in overcrowded cities but even the urban state education system is struggling to meet demand.

The shift away from villages according to experts has led to the existence of a large number of very small schools.

Around 60 percent of the 9800 schools in the country have less than 300 students.
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