Education policy towards professional classification needed -
COLOMBO: The Government should consider the formulating an
education policy directed towards professional classification as
proposed by the GMOA if it was to fulfil its obligation of safeguarding
the future of children passing the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination
This was stated by Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) in
a press release, yesterday.
The release said last years G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination results
were released last week. The attention drawn by the media towards
children who excelled in the examination was praiseworthy. But we should
question as to whether adequate steps have been taken to secure the
future of these talented children.
Although 100,000 out of a total of 250,000 children who sat this
examination had obtained necessary qualifications to enter universities,
only about 17,000 will finally gain admission. When these 17,000
children graduated, only a fraction of them will gain employment.
It is the country's misfortune that only the medical graduates are
This posed the question whether the country's education policies were
formulated to provide employment to 800 children out of several lakhs
leaving out the balance.
This was a national crime for which the Government could not shirk
The Association recommended to the Government the introduction of an
education policy based on professional classification to solve this
Although this concept was included in the last budget, following
representations made by the GMOA to the President, steps had not been
taken to implement it so far, the release said.