Long-Read Podcast : Sarvi on Competition or Monopoly in Education

Your random good-read this week is a provocative piece on privatisation or not of education in Sri Lanka.

He is outspoken and challenges those who call for greater investment in ‘State’ Education.

About the Author : Muttukrishna Sarvananthan or Sarvi was born and is working in the Point Pedro Institute of Development and is Ph.D. (Wales), M.Sc. (Bristol), M.Sc. (Salford), B.A. (Hons) (Delhi). He has been an Endeavour Research Fellow at the Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the George Washington University (Washington D.C, USA.) as well. He can be contacted at sarvi@pointpedro.org

“The paranoia against students of international schools (beginning with the agitation against the erstwhile North Colombo Medical College during the 1980s) is part of the much larger POLITICS OF ENVY towards citizens who are entrepreneurial, independent (of public ‘free’ hand-outs), and upwardly mobile. According to this politics of envy, only the students passing-out of public schools and graduating from public universities are bhumiputras (daughters and sons of the soil) and “patriots” who deserve the patronage and privileges of the state”. Read more  

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iSrilankan picks up a good-read and converts it into a podcast read-aloud for those younger members and busier people who could possibly listen on the commute to a well-articulated writing by an author who is making an informed proposal in his writing. This is the first Long-Read Podcast. Disclaimer: As someone who has lived for years among non-English speakers my language and pronunciation has suffered. Excuse any errors.

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