Schools examinations being cancelled amid the paper shortage have reached the international attention, while Sri Lanka is contending with its ongoing economic crisis.
The dollar deficit has severely affected the imports leading to the collapse of not only the importation of essential items including food but also many business and manufacturing activities.
The shortage of paper has collapsed the printing activities of the country. The printing of lotteries and electricity bills has also been suspended amid the shortage. As a result, temporary electricity bills were issued in some parts of the country and in some areas the monthly electricity bills were declared orally.
The paper shortage has taken the attention of the international media in the event that it has severely affected the Education Sector. The education authorities are unable to hold the year end examinations and the story has been widely covered by many international news agencies such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera and NDTV in contrast to the poor media coverage given locally.
Sri Lanka has cancelled school exams in the running out of printing paper holding up tests for around two thirds of the country’s 4.5 million students, The Guardian reported.
Al Jazeera stated that a debilitating economic crisis brought on by a shortage of foreign exchange reserves to finance essential imports has seen the country run low on food, fuel and pharmaceuticals.
The situation come in as Sri Lanka contends with its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, according to NDTV.