Sri Lanka has less students due to family planning

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The number of schoolgoers in Sri Lanka had dropped drastically due to the success of the country's family planning programs, a local English newspaper reported on Thursday.

The Island quoted Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena as saying that the 5-19 age cohort had dropped from 5.4 million in 1981 to 4.1 million in 2008 owing to the success of family planning programs.

Gunawardena said that had led to the closure of a number of schools as there were no children to attend them.

"There is no point in keeping schools open when there are no children to attend them," Gunawardena was quoted as saying.

The minister said Sri Lanka has a fast ageing population and certain categories of the population pyramid had changed in such a way it had ceased to look like a pyramid at all.

With an estimated population of 20 million, Sri Lanka has a free education system initiated in 1945.

Source: Xinhua


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