GL on 'formal education-livelihoods availability' mismatch

TPL | Published: 11:58 AM Nov 27 2021
Local GL on 'formal education-livelihoods availability' mismatch

Foreign minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has highlighted the need for a change in the system to be socially relevant, in order to address the mismatch between the content of formal education and the availability of livelihoods.

A change would result in the production of employable graduates with competencies that match the job market, he said at the inauguration of the Annual Research Symposium 2021 at the University of Colombo.

The symposium brings together distinguished academics representing a number of disciplines, and highlights the theme for 2021 – Impartial Research through an Interdisciplinary Approach.

Prof. Peiris also pointed out the disconnect between academia and vocational training.

There is a need for greater focus on vocational training institutes so that a greater number of persons qualified in various skilled trades and professional occupations could be incorporated into the higher education system, he said.

The minister stressed the importance of multidisciplinary research, and its immense contribution in dealing with many of the issues the country is facing at the present juncture, particularly in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

TPL | Published: 11:58 AM Nov 27 2021

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