Sept 26, Colombo: Monitoring MP for Sri Lanka's Education Ministry, Mohan Lal Grero says that there's a 19% unemployment rate among youth in the country.
Grero has said that 19% of the youth between the ages of 18 and 30 years are employed under the category unskilled labor or are unemployed.
He explained that out of the 340,000 students who enter schools annually, only 200,000 students are gainfully employed and the remaining 140,000 are employed as unskilled labor or are unemployed.
According to Grero, the reason for the rate of unemployment is the failure to produce people who are job ready.
He says that although about 99.6% of students complete their primary education, only 86% remain till the GCE Ordinary Level exam. There is a 13% dropout from junior secondary level, he added.