Sri Lanka needs to
develop fast. Without fast development the country’s
socio-economic problems cannot be resolved.
One of the prime factors in development is the availability
of human resources. Hence human resource development takes
priority in any development agenda.
Our country has a vast reservoir of youth. They are also
talented. However, the deficiencies in our education system
hinder the use of such talent for the country’s development. For
example, our Universities could accommodate only 20 to 25
percent of the students who qualify for University entrance. The
rest have to find alternative means of vocational, professional
or academic tertiary education. Even for these the resources
available in the country are limited.
Though those who could afford go abroad for higher education
the vast majority remain discontented with no opportunities for
furthering their education or finding employment.
The vast number of unemployed youth is a burden on the
society. It is discarded talent that could be made use of
productively. The only drawback is the lack of opportunities. It
is criminal wastage of young talent at their age of prime
Though the education system is always blamed for youth
unemployment it is rather the non-development of the economy
that is responsible for it. This has created a situation where
the youth look forward for public sector jobs, mostly white
collar. The result has been over-staffing of public sector
institutions with resulting loss of productivity and economic
The private sector needs youth with required skills.
Therefore, facilities for skills development should be enhanced.
The Government should take into consideration the skills
requirements for its development program and implement a project
to develop them.
If Sri Lanka is to advance to the level of a developed
country in the not too distant future priority should be given
to human resource development, among others. This requires
greater financial allocations from the national budget. Emphasis
should be made to develop the skills required for productive
sectors of the economy which alone could provide a surplus for
Since the financial resources of the Universities are limited
the Government must devise a system of optimal use of the
resources of the University system. Perhaps it could avoid
duplication of expenses under a system of mutual cooperation
among Universities. Resources for research could also be better
utilized if the Universities pool their resources on agreed
The University system should also be able to make amends for
shutting up the large majority who qualify for University
admission by starting diploma level courses for the discards.
There should also be a possibility of those in employment to
develop their theoretical and practical knowledge by following
suitable supplementary courses at Universities. Diploma holders
from vocational or technical colleges should also be provided
with a chance to enter University at a later stage to develop
their knowledge and skills as is found in many countries.
Youth is our most valuable resource. No young talent and
labour should be allowed to idle.
The Elections Department sources have said that Rs 22 million
would be spent to remove the posters and cut-outs that would be
put up by candidates at public places in violation of election
This money comes from the Treasury. That means the public are
paying for it.
In other words the public have to pay for the sins, misdeeds
and law-breaking by candidates who aspire to become
representatives of the people.
The law on public display of such propaganda material is
clear. It is well known. The Elections Commissioner has also
enlightened the candidates and political parties about the law.
There is no ambiguity. The politicians are breaking the law
consciously and the public are paying for their removal.
This is a disgrace. Either the law should be obeyed or the
culprits and not the public should pay for their removal.