and a happy couple they make, Not!!!
1. Basically he doesn't want poor students missing out on university simply because they would not be able to afford the upfront fees for a degree. That is. He wants to provide every student that qualifies, irrespective of socio-economic status, with an Equal Opportunity to get a degree.
2. He also doesn't want those that did not qualify for university to buy their way into a degree at the expense of the qualified poor. That is, he also wants to maintain a Meritrocratic system of education. The idea behind
Why? The poor in SL are "Really Poor" (i.e. in poverty), there is no "so-called poor" in SL, that's in developed countries and it's called "Relative Poverty". Also, Education is one of the best ways for an individual to overcome poverty. This has been proven around the world.
He doesn't oppose private unis wholesale. He supports them as long as they maintain a Just system of entry to degrees (a system that meets the above principles of fairness).
On the grey matter, He doesn’t like the World Bank imposed conditions on education reform as it strips national sovereignty and stinks of neo-colonialism. But, is this because of the Bank's failure to uphold the above principles? What if the bank agrees to a financially accountable education system, proposed by SL, that doesn't violate the said principles? Morq, do you support student loans as long as the above two conditions are met?
BTW, Mahangu's arguments go along the same lines.
Indi wants to educate more Sri Lankans by introducing private unis as long as those that qualify can afford to pay for the degrees. Everyone who qualifies might not be able to enter due the fee costs, but more students will get a chance at an education. He see no fault in the World Bank imposed conditions to change the education system as more students than the current amounts will gain access to uni.
He supports different forms of student loans and does not accept the arguments for expanding the fully public system due to present and future costs. Sri Lanka cannot afford the costs and loans due to its economic condition. He also wants to improve the Research status of unis.
On the grey matter, does Indi see education as a means out of poverty for the poor? Does it matter or is development the only priority? Does he support uni entrance only for those who qualified or for all who can afford it irrespective of qualification? I.E. if someone didn't qualify to get into a degree but can afford to pay for it, should she/he be allowed to enter?
When you say liberal do you mean neo-liberal/libertarianism (as I suspect you do)? As Liberal also stands for progressive politics it is an ambiguous term. Are you referring to Liberalism? I'm not sure there are many "liberal" arguments for education not being a Right.
Now for the "so-called" poor, have you been watching too much FOX? Do you think that there aren't any people in poverty in SL? Again, do you refer to "Relative Poverty"? As for the most "liberal" country in the world, what about the "New Deal"?
Also, if student loans are not being collected/payed is the problem with the Education System or the Financial System and/or Government? Shouldn't they be chasing up the ex-students? A few well publicised court cases might convince people to pay up.
After writing this the idea of an FAQ crossed my mind. Well guess what, while I was asking him questions Indi was writing one of his own. See it here.
BTW, my views on this are expressed here.
Fixed up Chanuka's name (was Chanaka), apologies for the misspelling.