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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.




  1. JayJayLanka November 30, 11:17 AM

    This type of behaviour should be stopped at any cost. What about the private schools in SL that have been there for years and years?.. They have bien a blessing to our country producing some top class citizens . ( No government schools students have ever protested to them ) .
    By setting up Private Universities in SL , the country is saving by the millions of rupees the parents spend to send their sons and daughters overseas to study ( mind you, the heartache the parents go thru separation, and knowing their children will have to even clean toilets sometimes to eat and pay rent ) .
    These Private universities will and can generate millions of Dollars in foreign income to the country provided properly regulated by getting foreign students eg from Maldives, Pakistan India and so on...So I pray that No one gets a stupid idea and close them down May God bless Sri Lanka

  2. Priyantha November 30, 07:27 AM

    Yes these students are parasites of society. However not all university students are like this. I am a graduate and I am very grateful for the education I received.


    My parents would not have been able to afford the cost of a university. But I would not try to stop anyone else from going to a private university.

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