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Increase of 11,500 more for universities next year

Education Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said the government intends to increase the number of students admitted to universities by 11,500 next year from 30,000 to 41,500. Similarly 371 more students will be admitted to the Medical Faculty.

Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris told Parliament yesterday (3) that the country needs more doctors and that while increasing the number of doctors, care should be taken to ensure the quality of medical education and to develop a system of producing and deploying doctors to hospitals islandwide.

Prof. Peiris said this in response to a question raised by MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake regarding the admission of students to the Medical Faculty.

Parliament convened from 10 am to 1 pm yesterday and debated two orders submitted by the Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi to the Medical Ordinance.

He said that about 700 doctors go abroad every year and that in comparison to other countries in the Asian region, we cannot be satisfied with this situation. The minister added that the country needs more doctors and urged Opposition members to vote for the passage of the two orders as a national need setting aside their political differences.

Minister Peiris also called for a report from the University Grants Commission on university admission of students who sat for the 2019 GCE A/L examination.

The report was called to look into the issues that have arisen as a result of having to select two groups of students to universities under the old and new syllabus changes every five years.