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Gota slams Universities “if graduates can’t find jobs there must be something wrong”

FILE PHOTO -University students at a protest

ECONOMYNEXT – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has slammed Sri Lanka’s University system saying there must be something wrong with it if graduates cannot find jobs.

He told a meeting of Vice-Chancellors and the University Grants Commission Chairman, yesterday May 15, that the higher education system should be designed in such a way that would enable graduates to find employment opportunities speedily, a media statement from the President’s office said.

“If young people leaving the universities cannot find jobs there must be something intrinsically wrong with the system,” President Rajapaksa had said.

Jobs, he said should “run after graduates instead of them staging demonstrations demanding employment.”

He said that the Universities and the Schools should reopen only in accordance with recommendations of the health authorities, the President said this adding that the present context must be utilized to further expand the already introduced distance learning system.

The President also called on the dons to diversify the degrees offered by Sri Lanka’s universities to attract students who otherwise go overseas to study.

Rajapaksa said a large number of students seeking higher education abroad is counterproductive in many aspects.

“Their education abroad causes a huge outflow of foreign exchange. Parents also suffer when their children are away from their homes.  In order to put an end to this worrying practice, we need to diversify our university education.  It is essential to introduce Degree courses covering areas such as Information Technology, Nursing, Teaching and Tourism” he said.

President Rajapaksa highlighted the possibility of assembling low-cost computers targeting university students.  Engineering Faculties of universities and others who possess the know-how can assist in this exercise. It is a necessity to provide a personal computer to each and every student who is eligible to enter a university in the future. President stated that all university entrants must be given a comprehensive knowledge in communication technology and English language prior to their entry into universities. (Colombo May 16, 2020)

By Arjuna Ranawana

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