Hard to Understand

In a country that touts ‘free education’, but where its Central Bank estimates over Rs. 5 bn is spent on private tuition at primary and secondary levels, the number of students that master key subjects remain humiliatingly small. In a country that touts ‘free education’, but where its Central Bank estimates over Rs. 5 bn is spent on private tuition at primary and secondary levels, the number of students that master key subjects remain humiliatingly small.


Cognitive achievement tests among primary school children
showed ‘substantial shortfalls’ in mastery of basic language and numeracy
skills, pointed out Dr. Harsha Athurupane, Senior Economist, at the launch of
the World Bank’s ‘Development Policy Review’ report.


Among other things, the report held that out of every 100
students, only 37 mastered first language skills – Sinhala or Tamil – while a
mere ten students master English language skills.


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