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Youth prefer State sector jobs

*Eighteen percent happy with Private Sector jobs

*Fifty percent want to migrate

Seventy percent of youth prefer jobs in the State sector, Colombo University Senior Professor of Sociology Prof Siri Hettige, citing a survey said. Only 18 percent preferred private sector jobs while 50 percent youth wanted to migrate. This is alarming and needs to be addressed, he said at the conference on National Youth survey and its implementations for a National youth policy in Sri Lanka.

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Most young men and women (75 percent) noted that their main criteria for a marriage partner was good character and love, affection, care and companionship. Fifty percent young women and 66 percent young men said they will decide on their partners.
Thirty eight percent young women and 26 percent young men said they will rely on their parents’ decision.

Three thousand youth aged between 15 to 29 were selected randomly for the survey covering 22 administrative districts excluding Kilinochchi, Mannar and Mullaitivu.

Organised by the Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC), Colombo University and Youth Affairs Ministry the conference was held at Janaki Hotel, Colombo last week.

Only 17 percent of youth can speak English although the government has invested much to enhance students’ English knowledge, Prof Hettige said. He said research findings have revealed that the ability to speak a third language is also poor among Sinhala youth (six percent). It is 35 and 57 percent among Tamil and Muslim youth.

He said 30 percent youth decide to follow the Arts stream at the GCE A/L, 14 percent Commerce, five percent Biology and four percent Maths stream. Colombo University Arts Faculty Dean Prof Indralal de Silva citing the survey said IT literacy and internet usage was spreading throughout the country.

Prof de Silva said IT literacy among youth is 57 percent and out of this, the male percentage was high (60 percent). One third of youth had used the Internet and it is becoming evident that the Internet present risks as well as opportunities to adolescent development in the knowledge economy, he said.

“There is no proper policy in Sri Lanka for youth at present. These data will help us formulate policies in the near future,” Prof Hettige said.

“Though there are lot of census, this focuses only on youth,” Youth Affairs Ministry Planning Director Thilakarathna said. Those interested in analyzing date can obtain from SPARC by making a written request, he said.



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