Sri Lanka: Discrimination and Tamil Students

Moju points to a possible case of discrimination against Tamil students. “Tamil students who were denied admission to Law College staged a token hunger strike in Colombo outside the Law College on Wednesday morning at 10:00am protesting against discrimination in admission process.” There is an interesting discussion in the comments space.

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  • The article on Moju is intentionally and maliciously misleading. Most ethnic Tamil students who sit this exam prefer to do so in English language, hence the low number of Tamil “medium” entrants.

    More importantly, Tamil language papers are prepared and marked by ethnic Tamil professors and everything is overseen by academics of all ethnicities who take pride in their integrity.

    Finally, setting aside quotas for students of a particular ethnicity would violate the Sri Lankan constitution not to mention the internationally accepted norms and standards and would be seen as discrimination by non-Tamil students. The cut off mark should be the same for everyone regardless of their language and ethnicity.

    The only reason why these students were not admitted was because of their own incompetence and failure to achieve the minimum score required.

    There’s an interesting discussion on this issue on http://www.groundviews.org/2007/01/01/discrimination-in-law-college-entrance in addition to the Moju post.

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