Sri Lanka university students marching to rob economic freedoms tear gassed
Nov 30, 2016 07:23 AM GMT+0530 | 2 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT - Students of Sri Lanka's taxpayer funded universities studying at the expense of society who were marching to rob the freedom of other students to earn a degree by paying their way were tear gassed by police.
A powerful Marxist allied students union marching to call on the state to close a privately funded medical college Tuesday.
Police had tear gassed the students on their way to parliament. Colombo's traffic was gridlocked Tuesday afternoon due to the protest.
Unionized students have also been implicated in promoting ragging of freshers.
Sri Lanka's Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, a Marxist party, has been a vocal opponent of private universities, denying tertiary education to tens of thousands of students each year.
Ironically fast growing so-called communist states in Asia including China and Vietnam now have private universities. After intial teething problems.private universities are now a key driver of economic growth providing human resources that match market needs.
Part of the growth success of Vietnam has been underpinned by private universities which award their own degrees as well as foreign degrees from the US and UK.
Graduates of state universities who cannot get jobs in productive sectors of the economy later also protest seeking tax-payer funded jobs, seeking lifetime employment and pensions, becoming an even greater burden on the rest of society.