President Ranil Wickremesinghe pledged to modernize the education sector to create a young generation equipped with knowledge and nourished with abilities within the next 10 years.

The President made these reamrks inaugurating Sri Lanka’s first skills and job exhibition “Skills Expo 2023”, held under the theme “An ability for life – A job for ability”, at the BMICH in Colombo today (12).

Pointing out that a cabinet committee has already been appointed for the modernization of education, the President said that he will work on immediate reforms.

"Our educational system has not been upgraded as much as is required now. We are 10-15 years behind, and we must now reconsider and move forward. The government alone cannot provide the necessary training to impart this knowledge. The majority of such training and knowledge is obtained outside the government. We must collaborate with private and international organizations that have this knowledge," he observed.

President Wickremesinghe noted that if the money spent on corporations during the past 10 years was invested on education, Sri Lanka would have the best education in Asia.

"When I looked at the expenses of our country for the last 10 years, I noticed that we spent money on corporations while neglecting education. Had we given the money that was used for Sri Lankan Airlines, Electricity Board, and Petroleum Corporation to the education and health sector, we would be in a position to compete with the countries that have the best education systems in South Asia," he added.

The exhibition will be held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike hall on May 12, 13 and 14 from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm and is open to the public, free of charge.

The Sri Lanka Skills Expo 2023 exhibition will be a valuable opportunity for members and policy makers from many fields in Sri Lanka to exchange their ideas and enhance skills in those fields and it is expected that it will make a significant contribution to the economic development of the country.


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