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Rights activist and academic Dr Harini Amarasuriya is the NPP National List nominee

NPP MP Dr Harini Amarasuriya

ECONOMYNEXT – Dr Harini Amarasuriya will be appointed as a National List Member of Parliament by the National People’s Power alliance today.

Amarasuriya told EconomyNext today that she has resigned from her post as a Senior Lecturer at the Open University to become an MP.

A long-time Rights activist Amarasuriya joined the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna-led NPP during the Presidential elections campaign last year.

She first entered politics as a member of the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) on the long-march for free education.

As an academic Amarasuriya’s research interests are youth and politics, policy, and the state.

She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

Her profile on Youthpolicy.org says that she “worked in the development sector prior to joining the university for several years and continues to work with a couple of local NGOs in Sri Lanka mainly on gender, child protection and psychosocial issues.”

In an interview with EconomyNext before the elections, Amarasuriya said she wants to champion “radical reform in Education.”

She says the country needs to do away with the “exam-focused education system. Education has to be more experiential and it cannot be about achievements at an exam.”

She also opposed schools and institutions which are divided based on gender, religion or language. They should be able to promote diversity, she says. (Colombo, August 12, 2020)





Reported by Arjuna Ranawana




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  1. Awesome! Yes we are such examed based people! Ultimately no one remembers what they leant! Congratulations and blessings

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