Sri Lanka to tighten controls on private higher education

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is drawing up laws to tighten controls on private higher education, the state information office said.

Sri Lanka’s cabinet of minister had given the nod to bring in changes to a 1978 law on universities, the state information office said.

An expert committee has drawn up a concept paper to draw up a “strong legal framework” to regulated private higher education.

In Sri Lanka graduates of some state universities with tax payer funded free education are given welfare jobs as state workers with lifetime pensions while students from unregulated affiliated colleges that offer foreign degrees and diplomas are in gainful employment adding value.

Sri Lanka information technology sector was built largely with private colleges and British Computer Society qualifications, some observes say, while students from state universities fasted in front of the Fort Railway Station demanding welfare jobs at the expense of society. (Colombo/Sept04/2019)