A compulsory law education in the English medium appears to be a conspiracy to confine the legal profession to the affluent class, charges MP Udaya Gammanpila.
Speaking in parliament yesterday (05), Gammanpila, a lawyer himself, disagreed with the MPs who welcomed this English-only education as a good move but said it needed time for implementation.
“That is wrong. This is not something to be done later. This is a wrong decision,” he said.
It will be most unfair by the majority of students who have had their education in their mother tongues and is advantageous to the five percent who were educated in the English medium, he said.
Intelligence takes the backseat to the affluent who are English-educated, said Gammanpila, and questioned its purpose while as much as 90 percent of the court hearings take place in either the Sinhala or Tamil medium.
Countering an argument that English was a must since most Supreme Court rulings and law books were in that language, he said students should be allowed to sit for the exam in a language of their choice.