The Higher Education Minister has revealed that although Medical Council was against the Medical College at Malamba, 40 children of doctors have gained admission to the College. At a news briefing at the Ministry, Minister S.B. Dissanayake said Private Medical Colleges are nothing new to Sri LankaThe Higher Education Minister said that there is no place for poor students who secure three Bs or one A and two Bs to go, due to the sharp competition which persists to enter the Medical College. He revealed that children of Medical lecturers of the Universities of Colombo and Peradeniya are studying in the Bristol, Kingston and Cambridge Universities. When they complete the course, they had spent 40 to 50 million rupees. But in Malambe, it is said to be 6.5 million rupees. The Minister opined that this would further come down when more Colleges come up in the island. At present there are 11 foreign children at the Malambe Medical College. He revealed that 49 children of members of the Government Medical Officers Association are also at the Malambe Medical College while there are seven children of University Professors and Lecturers. The Minister pointed out that this was a great relief to the poor students.
Addressing journalists, the Minister further said that despite securing low marks students of certain areas had gained admission to the Medical College. However, some students who had obtained high marks had been unable to enter the Medical College. Under these circumstances, the Minister said that parents are compelled to send their children abroad, incurring a high expenditure. He claimed that granting this education to their children within the country was not only a great relief to them, but also helps the country save valuable foreign exchange drained out of the country.