Allow MPs to attend university – Kiriella
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Parliamentarians should be allowed to enrol in the Sri Lanka Law College or any other university to further their studies, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella yesterday (1), said in Parliament.
Participating in the Committee Stage Debate on Expenditure Heads of the Education Ministry, Kiriella said a debate is taking place in society about the education levels of MPs.
“There was a programme like that in the 1970s. Under that, some MPs enrolled at the Law College without sitting for the entrance examination. Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa also enrolled in the 1970s and became a lawyer. The MPs are elected to Parliament because they have some sort of intelligence,” Kiriella said.
Speaking further, Kiriella said there is a discussion among the people regarding the educational qualifications of the MPs at the moment. There are talented MPs in both the Government and the Opposition, and by launching such a programme we can help them improve their education levels, he added.