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Nearly 70 percent of unemployment in Sri Lanka is in the age group of 14 to 25 years, indicating that schools are not preparing students for work, says the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Nearly 70 percent of unemployment in Sri Lanka is in the age group of 14 to 25 years, indicating that schools are not preparing students for work, says the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Despite positive achievements in basic education, low investment in education results in disparities in educational quality,” the bank said Thursday.

Sri Lanka spends only 2.8 percent of its GDP on education compared with the 3.5 percent average in Asia.

As a result, pass rates at ordinary and advanced levels in the national examinations are low.

“Only 40 percent of ordinary level students qualify for advanced levels, 50 percent fail in mathematics, and 70 percent fail in English,” said the ADB.

“Around 70 percent of the country’s unemployed is between 14 and 25 years of age, indicating that schools are not preparing students for work.”

“In fact, 18 percent of those with advanced level qualifications are unemployed because the conventional education system does not meet labour market requirements,” poin