Nov 11, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government is to recruit 17,000 graduates from state universities unemployable in productive sectors, expanding an already bloated public sector, ahead of planned national polls due early next year. Graduates from state universities, who are educated at the expense of the people through general taxes, have successfully cultivated a perception that the society owes them a lifetime job as well.
State sector workers get tax free jobs and pensions.
Deputy finance minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said 17,000 graduates would be recruited with immediate effect. Sri Lanka is heading for parliamentary and possibly early presidential polls in the first quarter of 2009.
Degree awarding is a state monopoly at the moment, and state university student unions have also resisted attempts to create private degree awarding institutions that produce output needed by productive sectors.
However a core part of some state universities including, medical, engineering, management and information technology faculties have been producing high quality output to help the country and people. Sri Lanka has a bloated sector of more than 1.3 million persons, said to be the largest public sector (per capita) in