Education in Sri Lanka is both big business and highly opaque. Recently my mother, Sujata Gamage, has done a survey through LIRNEasia to see what exactly is out there. In Sri Lanka there currently isn’t a centralized space (like UCAS in UK) to see what degree/diploma options are out there. So this is a start.
In the current iteration, you can see the results online via SL2College.org. For example, if you want to study commerce, you can see what types of programs are available, what the cost, and a bit about who is offering them.
In the next iteration there will be a print version as well, which may be useful to a broader range of people.
In 2010 the graduate output was about 19,000 people. While 12,250 came from the conventional public education system, 4,150 came from semi-public and 2,500 came from private institutions. While output in the conventional system is actually down from 2009, other categories are up. People are going outside of the conventional system, partly because they have to, because space in Unis is really limited.
This new world of private/semi-private educational institutes supplies a need, but it’s a bit of a confusing market for students and parents. Which is where this sort of research comes in. For example, the data shows that most degree programs are 3 years and cost more than 5 lakhs.
In terms of programs available, there are 171 in Commerce, 103 in Computer Science/IT, 68 in Engineering and then 346 in Other (which ranges from English to Fashion).
Of course, the most relevant thing for an average person is what degree programs are available for them. For that check out the site and see what’s out there for yourself. The print should be out soon.