World Bank says Sri Lanka’s workforce lacks critical job-specific skills

World Bank says Sri Lanka’s workforce lacks critical job-specific skills

World Bank says Sri Lanka’s workforce lacks critical job-specific skills

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Jul, 2014 | 9:10 pm

The World Bank says that Sri Lanka’s workforce lacks critical job-specific skills that are in high demand, threatening the country’s sustained economic growth. These findings were published in a new report commissioned by the World Bank.

A discussion was held in Colombo on Thursday on the findings contained in this report, featuring Halil Dundar, Lead Education specialist at the world bank and one of the authors of the report.

Lead Education Specialist of World Bank, Halil Dundar said;

“The system has been growing in terms of the number of students coming from the system, but they are not able to have the job specific skills and continue higher education. So this is really the challenge the country is facing. How to really become a competitive middle income country. To have those skills. You have the high enrollment rate, but the learning outcomes, in terms of the primary, secondary education, what they are producing, but also job-specific skills.”

The World Bank last month approved a 101.5 million US dollars in credit for Sri Lanka, to expand the availability of employable workers by increasing access to high quality, labour market relevant skills development programmes.

The World Bank notes that this project supports the Skills Sector Development Programme launched by the Government of Sri Lanka, as part of its Public Investment Strategy for 2014 – 2016.

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