14 October, 2019

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Voice Of Youth Want 6% GDP Allocation For Education

The Voice of Youth a civil society organisation has called for the Government to allocate 6 percent of GDP in next year’s budget for education in order to give young people greater educational opportunities.

In response to the request by the Ministry of Finance to civil organizations and citizens in the country to present views and proposals for the budget 2014 the ‘Voice of Youth’ (VOY) has drawn the attention of the Ministry to glaring issues confronted by the youths of the country at present and has presented several proposals, the organisation said.

The proposals sent under the signature of Gayan Janaka, the co-convener of VOY to the Secretary, Ministry of Finance states that unemployment rate among the youth between 15 and 19 is 20% and that between 20 and 29 is 19%.

“This is the figure for 2011. However, this figure has exceeded 2 million at present. Cutting off such a large number of youth from the economic structure is a crime and it would not be possible to bar them from being drawn towards anti-social practices.

“A large number of youths have been cut off from education, the tool that gives intelligence for the youth that prevents them from being prey to vice, in government’s attempt to make it a commodity,” VOY said in its proposal.

As stated in the National Youth Charter 85.7% of those who qualified to enter universities in 2007 were denied entrance. 1610 students who obtained three ‘A’s in 2012 have not got an opportunity to enter universities. It is obvious the frustration they would go through when they are denied higher education. As such, we request you to pay attention to the proposals our organization presents for the budget and make a productive mediation on behalf of the youth of our country.”

Among the proposals VOY makes to the Ministry of Finance are allocation 6% of GDP for education, take measures to enroll in universities all those who pass A/L examination and allocate funds to establish a state university consisting of several faculties.

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    Only thing I know FUTA is christian teachers.

    Sri Lanka needs private education. Other wise, govt alone cannot fund a good education system.

    Just forget these idiots and govt should continue with what they are doing.

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      Jim Softy you are a shameless bugger.

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        That is all ?ygt56l /rfgt

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      Agree with you. They have published papers about monk hegemony but nothing about Portuguese roman catholic murders and other crimes in Sri Lanka.

      I m a student of a Government university. These organizations (FUTA like) lead innocent poor students to have nothing. Most of the rich people go abroad and read for a degree but the people of same economical background like those students protesters live without nothing.

      Government also have responsibility to maintain quality of free education while starting private universities for providing low cost degrees to people who are not selected to state universities.

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    The Voice of RajaPassas’ a civil society organisation has called for the Government to allocate 100 percent of GDP in next year’s budget for lifestyle expenses in order to give the RajaPassa family of 300+ greater opportunities to live life in the lap of luxury. ;-)

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    If 6% is wasted on universities, Tamil Nadu buggers will come in boat loads. Already too many Tamils in Colombo University.

    If 6% wasted on universities defence budget will reduce badly. This is their plan.

    Tell them to fly a kite.

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      We all know that every year a heap of useless graduates are being churned out of our universities. And these graduate are known to be good as mere paper pushers. All over the world, the motto these days is less bureaucracy and less paper work. So, who will provide jobs for paper pushers in coming up years is the question every must ask? Surely, the government cannot be continually burdened to provide jobs for the unemployable graduates. Afterall, it is people who has to pay them in the end.

      It is pathetic to note that our universities are utter failures. In spite of their recent pay rises we are yet to hear University Dons and Professors have engaged in providing necessary backup service to our industry. Hence, allocating more money for education before a complete reform in education and particularly in higher education is an absolute waste. All that universities have become successful to date is to promote ideologies of failed political parties like the JVP.

      Like elsewhere in the world, education in Sri Lanka should not be a government monopoly. As in the primary and secondary education now, the government must allow closely monitored private institutions to compete with state universities and other institutions to provide higher education in every fields wherever there is demand. This is not to say that any Jack should be allowed to start a college or a university.

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    If Tamilnadu buggers come charge them fees and tell them to bring their buggies along too. Defense budget may shrink but we will have educated soldiers with brains not idiots who get the government into trouble and bring all of us a bad name and also kill people who ask for water and also we will have educated politicians not idiots who have totally messed upo the economy with everyone losing their incentives and having to take salary cuts which are not given any publicity.

    Educated politicians will not claim that poverty is reducing on the basis of removing people from the samurdhi dole and refusing to take on new people below the poverty line. Educated politicians know these things cannot be hidden.

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      We have seen images of ‘educated soldiers’ shooting at reporters from their helicopters in Afghanistan and trigger happy ‘educated drone pilots’ sitting in their cabins safely in Nevada desert gun down civilians in Pakistan. You’re a crazyoldmansl alright.

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