It looks like I was in a tree but I wasn’t
Saw this big medical students protest today. As far as I can tell they were protesting against PMC in Malabe, which I assume is Private Medical College. Their signs said ‘keep free education free, etc.’ I don’t really agree with them. I think we should keep the free education system, for doctors especially it’s OK. There are, however, so few spots in university and so many talented human beings that don’t get a shot. They should have the option of a self-sustaining, private system.
Sri Lankans already pay through the nose for tuition to supplement gaps in the public system. One also goes to Uni in the hopes of getting a job which can pay back your uni loans. Even public universities in the states have some paid component, but the degree also has value. Here we have a lot of unemployable graduates and a lot of people who want an education but simply don’t qualify for the limited spots. Rather than protesting against the PMC, I think we need more of the same. Certainly not less of the public system, but we really need to create more opportunities.