The main intention of this article is NOT to argue about the races and religions, but the language barriers. Sri Lanka is an eastern country with loads of traditions and a country which values the culture. Under the British Emperors Sri Lankan students obtained their education in English and once Sri Lanka named as an independent country in 1948 the situation started to change. The people, who were very much attached to the culture and traditions, agreed the conversion of the national language to Sinhala. This was the first step taken unconsciously which was going to block some competitive advantages in the future and obstruct the development. Also it was unfair for the students who were studying in English before the independence. Currently all the government schools offer education in Sinhala and once completing school students have to face to a huge difficulty because all the higher education is taking place in English. But still some universities and institutes offer it in Sinhala which is useless. Almost all the great authors write books in English and it is unfair if the Sri Lankan school students could not refer them. May be some text books only can have a translated part of it but it is not the actual statement or the idea and different people might understand it in different ways. Therefore to sustain the students and to give the original idea the communication is in a widely spoken international language is a must.
Some people might argue even if we educate our students in English it is not the official language of the world. But the point is it is a widely spoken business language and important to be fluent and competitive among others to stabilize our ideas in the world. There are many bright students who got many new ideas but they could not successfully communicate it in the international platform. It fails us in this globalized world. May be some can suggest using a translator can help to come out from this issue. But the originality of the thought and to feel the genuine thought the owner of the idea must represent it. To accomplish good communication it must be in a widely spoken language where almost everyone can understand. Therefore it is suitable to get the total education in English because currently the competitive environment of the world and English is widely spoken in Business matters and computing. Specially when it comes to computer technology, some words are not available in Sinhala. Continues inventions take place in the world and all these new science and technological education is only available in English and some major international languages. To obtain those technologies and localize our students must have a very good knowledge in the language of the people who teach them to us.
Another argument which can arise is all Sri Lankans can understand Sinhala why should we use English for them. Of course all Sri Lankans are very fluent in Sinhala and no point of saying the same thing in English. The failure point is we cannot stand alone in the world. It is very competitive and highly globalised. We have to depend on others to develop our country. In such a scenario we have to practise global communication methods to obtain the best and good knowledge from the world. To succeed this process Sri Lankans must have the education in English. The government spend billions to develop the education system and to provide free education but why they have not identified this language barrier which is the basic essence of education and interaction.
Further each and every Sri Lankan student must study another language apart from English, Sinhala and Tamil. This strategy helps further to win the world. Some might think British, Japanese, Chinese and some other countries only use their native languages and why not we should study in Sinhala. Of course they do because they do not have the situation of depending on other countries. They are stabilised and developed. But as a third world country to get on the track as a strategy we must improve our fluency in English and on extra languages.
It can be concluded, we do not have to deny our culture, our traditions and our language Sinhala. But we do have to compete in the globalised environment and succeed the league. We have a huge responsibility of building our nation. We do have all the resources and the knowledge. But lack of good communication generate lower output from the formula of success.