211 ex-LTTE cadres pass in competitive exam to enter varsities

More than 200 former LTTE cadres have cleared the most competitive examination which selects students to enter universities in the country, officials said.

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2010, 11:32 AM IST

Colombo: More than 200 former LTTE cadres
have cleared the most competitive examination which selects
students to enter universities in the country, officials said.

Two hundred and eleven candidates out of 360, who are
still undergoing rehabilitation, sat for the advanced level
examination and have passed all three subjects they appeared
for.

"32 of the total ex caders sat for the exam failed in
all three subjects in their respective streams," they said.

Rehabilitation officials said they believe at least
40-50 students will be able to secure placements in
universities. Sri Lanka`s universities could accommodate
20,000 students out of up to 150,000 who qualify for higher
education each year.

The competition has made the advanced level
examination a barrier for higher education. Many middle class
families send their children overseas including India for
higher education.

It is estimated that Sri Lankans spend over USD 35
million annually to study overseas. Government has recently
announced its intention to introduce private universities, the
move triggered protests by students saying that it would put
the free education in danger.

PTI