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.