Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says the country cannot be developed without investing enough funds in the education sector.
UNP parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake said that countries like China, Taiwan and Korea, have achieved high economic growth by investing funds for education.
She noted that close to 50 percent of the students who sit the GCE Ordinary Level examination fail due to the government's failure to allocate sufficient funds for education.
She explained to the media at a news conference that students are unable to perform well in exams due to the lack of facilities, especially laboratory facilities and trained teachers.
According to Senanayake, nearly 50 percent students fail Mathematics while 63 percent of the students fail English Language and 8 percent fail all the subjects at the O/Level exam.
She said that the country's education system is in a crisis and the government was not paying attention to it.
She added that the government has not honored its pledges made regarding the education sector.