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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the new government has allocated the largest ever share for education from the budget of 2016, while previous governments could never allocate this much for education from their annual budgets.

Sri Lanka’s education sector unions and academics have pointed out that budgetary allocation for education is grossly inadequate and long demanded the government to allocate six percent GDP for education. However, during the previous government the allocation for education ranged from 1.7 to 2.0 percent.

The current government of Maithripala Sirisena has promised to increase the allocation gradually from two percent to six percent. Speaking at the prize giving ceremony of Malambe Adarsha Boys’ School on Saturday, the President said the amount allocated from the next year’s budget is four times bigger than the fund allocation for education by former governments during last few decades.