Getting a head start – Hasitha Dela

Getting a head start – Hasitha Dela

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Sri Lanka is facing a peculiar challenge. While educational and legal frameworks, on the one hand, and social, cultural, and political factors accompanying the rise of Generation Z (those born after 1996) have facilitated the growth of a viable IT sector in the country, even to the extent of being congratulated and acclaimed as one of the top tech destinations in the world – as the Daily FT reported last June 2018 – a gap remains between the skills of students and IT professionals, and the level of applicability of those skills. In a context where there are more mobile phone subscriptions than people, and where every other sector – from transportation to food – have been turned into an application, it is more than just disquieting to come to terms with this paradox.

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