Academics in the Eastern Province addressing the growth of education and the development of education highlighted that owing to the fact that students were learning in the vernacular languages, they were not excelling in the English medium and were lacking in knowledge of the English language.
Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Arts and Culture of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Dr. A. Rameez said that in the Eastern Province, communities due to their religious norms and customs found it very difficult to cope up with social changes, adding that the role of social institutions too was very minimal in relation to the growth of the society and reformation.
The Muslim clergy including maulavis and ulamas are not raising a voice to counter or demystify toxic and false propaganda and myths in the form of rumours spread by the local media, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Bodu Bala Sena, of Muslims being labelled as extremists, fundamentalists, Wahhabists, Salafists or Sufists.
“Basic theoretical concepts of sociology and social anthropology involve looking at social change, socialization, social control, social institutions and social stratification. These evolve in the current context alongside globalization, urbanization and modernization. The students are competent and capable as far as the vernacular languages such as Tamil and Sinhala are concerned,” he said. (RLJ)