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Sri Lanka school drop-outs seen contributing to crime
26 Sep, 2008 12:10:08
Sept 26, 2008 (LBO) – Despite Sri Lanka’s high primary school enrollment rate, large numbers drop out owing to weaknesses in the system, with many taking to crime, organizers of an education exhibition said.

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The island's primary school net enrollment rate is as high as 97.5 percent, said Kamal Abeysinghe, the head of Edex Expo 2009, an education exhibition to be held in January 23-25 next year to promote education options for youth.

But, he said, the lack of continuity in Sri Lanka’s education system is to blame for youth in the country who follow a life of crime.

Abeysinghe said that currently 400,000 children enter the formal education system annually.

But about 80,000 (18 percent) students drop out before completing the ordinary level (O/L) examinations.

Weakness in the education system in the country means that most of these youth can’t find employment and many end up in the local prisons for various crimes, Abeysinghe said.

"Apparently, more than 70 percent of inmates in our prisons are supposed to be school dropouts or illiterate people," said Abeysinghe.

In 2007, out of 333,000 students who sat for six subjects or more in their O/L examination, only 159,000 (48 percent) were qualified to proceed to the Advance Level (A/L) stage.

The same year, 60 percent of students had failed the English paper in their O/L examinations and just over half failed in mathematics and science.

Inadequacies in the island's university system also meant over 100,000 A/L qualified students were denied the chance to further their education, said Abeysinghe.

Inadequacies in the island's university system also meant over 100,000 A/L qualified students were denied the chance to further their education, said Abeysinghe.

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3. lakshman Dalpadado Sep 28
More religion and more sports- thats what we need- Not science and mathematics. And we must encourage Ayurvedic medicine, not expensive western treatments.

Then we can control population growth and promote environmentally , low- impact living.

2. lakshman Dalpadado Sep 28
Fame, fortune and fringe benefits come to those who play cricket or other sports. So why study? If you can get recognition beyond your dreams and rewarded by the government with land, cars, high position by playing your favorite sport why bother going to school and slogging for years and end up a pauper with a degree?

I wouldn't. Three cheers for sports.

1. Abeysiri Sep 27
With billions of tax payers money spent every year to provide so called free educatin high school drop out rates are unaccptable and reflect another facet of many many failures of mismanagment in educattion in Sri Lanka.

Crime is the only option for those who do not have competitive education and skills. That can be one reason for rising crime.

Policy makers, educators, politicos PULL UP your socks and do something meaningful.

Crime and rising crime is no subject for any debate but action to weed it out at the root cause.