**DEADLINE – AUGUST 21ST 2016**
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It’s a customary concept with which most of us base our lives around. We have never been strangers to the impression left on us by the steady movement of a clock’s hands on the wall, only then to realise you’ve spent the last hour procrastinating. We have become accustomed to this awareness of our existence, measured by day turning to night, partnered with a somewhat routine lifestyle.
KCL Tamil Society recently engaged in skyping students from Jaffna University in Sri Lanka. We were given presentations by the Jaffna University students on different topics and issues, and then had a Q&A session.
We were first introduced to the education system in Sri Lanka, it is essentially very similar to the British one. The 11+ equivalent in Sri Lanka are called ‘Scholarship exams’, they also have A Levels and have retained the O Levels. Jaffna University is predominantly Tamil as one would expect because it is in a Tamil district. I wanted to know how many Tamils make up university students in Sri Lanka in general and to my surprise I found out some interesting things. Although now Tamils do not form much of the university population in Sri Lanka today, at an earlier period they were over-represented at universities. At the time of independence in 1948, university admissions exams were administered in English. Sri Lankan Tamil applicants (and especially Jaffna Tamils) possessed an advantage relative to Sinhalese applicants, due to Jaffna’s superior English-medium education facilities. Tamils obtained 31 percent of available admission places even though they constituted only 20 percent of the population. This all however obviously changed in the 1970s, when the ruling, Sinhalese-dominated Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) imposed quotas on Tamil university admissions and civil service employment.
Goodbye England. Sadly, I’m not leaving to go on my travels, explore the world and find the meaning of life. I’m being forced out. #NotFairNotSafe
The government want to make the NHS a seven-day service, but have failed to realise it already is and always has been. There is a substantial amount of news articles, Facebook pages, and videos explaining exactly what the changes will be to junior doctor contracts. For a full explanation about the changes, juniordoctorblog.com is a good summary about what’s going on.