Sri Lanka Government is Privatizing Universities
The Sri Lankan Government has granted permission for a Private Medical Faculty at Malambe, that grants MBBS degree for a price of Rs. 6000000.00. This step is another step by the government to increase the alarming inequality in the education system in the Country.
The ISSE(International Students for Social Equality) of Sri Lanka has called for students as follows:
"Students must unify their struggles with the working class to defend free education and demand decent facilities. Above all, this means turning to an international socialist program based on abolishing the capitalist system and reorganising society to meet the social needs of all rather than the profits of a wealthy few. This is the perspective advanced only by the WSWS and ISSE.
Sri Lanka Government was further attacking the free education system in Sri Lanka by granting permission to institute another private university at Narahenpita, the Colombo Sub Campus of the St. Theresa Medical University in association with the OASIS Private Hospital Colombo and the Institute of Technological Studies.
This step of the government to grant permission to another Private Medical Faculty at Malambe shows the Government's outright policy to build up a private higher education system which deprives majority of the right to quality, free education, only because they cannot afford it.
Sisuhanda call for the Government to withdraw these decisions which destroy the Equality in the Education system and which is in breach of the Directive Principles of State Policy of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, the Supreme law.
We call upon all students of Sri Lanka and internationally to object to these decisions of the government in its process of EduBusiness and Privatization.
We ask from all who wants a private higher education system, who obviously can afford to benefit from such private education system, what do you mean by the concept of Equality in a Democratic society? Is it eqality to deprive someone even of the basic neeeds of man only because they cannot afford it?
Who has Rs.6000000 to have a degree? Do you know all about poverty in Sri Lanka? Why these people who couldnt get three passes have to go abroad to get an education? because the Sri Lankan government cannot fund free education. Do those private universities give priority to those who have the next higher z score in the A/L exam? Millions of students in SrI Lanka are poverty striken. They somehow pass competitive exams and enter into Universities becuse of the existing so called decaying free education.We call not for those minority who can afford Rs. 6000000 to go to a private University, but to those thousands and millions of youth, students and sons and daughters of the working people to get together to fight this very profit system, which needs a internationalist socialist programme.
Education is not a commodity, nor a privilege!
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Please note that we don’t want such things happen in Sri Lanka as in USA. We never want anybody to accept missing a chance of being educated at a ‘prestigious university’ because they cannot afford it. That is why we are doing politics and we bring our message worldwide.
We are socialist political solidarity with the international students. We reject all reformism, even though we fight for the same in winning transitional rights, and our struggle is only for International Socialism which is the only alternative to the world going to the doom under capitalism.