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Sri Lanka

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many scholarships have been awarded to Sri Lankan students to study in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available. [112173]

Figures for students undertaking scholarships funded by the Government of the United Kingdom with time spent in the United Kingdom in 2002–03 are as follows:

Primary English Language Project: 15 students funded to undertake short-term teacher training and English language courses under the Regent Language Centre, London.
Primary Mathematics Unit: 20 students undertaking courses which have three month attachments in the UK incorporated into the course framework; 15 MEd Students under the University of Sussex and five studying under the University of the West of England.
Chevening Scholarships: Three fully funded, two part funded and two joint funded students.
Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows: 10 Commonwealth fellowships and nine Commonwealth scholarships covering PhDs, MScs, MPhils and research studies.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of students in Sri Lanka go on to university (a) in Sri Lanka and (b) abroad. [112174]

Approximately 2–3 per cent, of the age cohort attend higher education institutes in Sri Lanka. In 2002–03 218,000 students sat A-levels of which 11,514 were selected for entry into tertiary education institutions issues.DFID is not able to obtain details of the total number of students from Sri Lanka going on to university in the UK. However, details of students financed by DFID are provided in my answer to your parliamentary question ref. 112173.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was given to the education sector in Sri Lanka for (a) primary education, (b) secondary education, (c) higher education and (d) vocational training in each year since 1997. [112175]

Available statistics on Sri Lanka by education sector code, from 1998–99, are as follows:

Figures in £000
Education policyEducation facilitiesAdvance technicalPrimaryTotals
1figures for 2002–03 provisional