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Time flies as you would have realized on your child's first day of school. Before you know it he/she would be sitting for the Ordinary Level exams. The day your child starts school is the day you plan for your child's higher education. By planning early, you can make sure your child has the funds to start a degree at a private university if the need arises. For example, if you buy an education savings plan when your child enters school at age 6, you will have a fund that has grown for at least 10 years by the time your child finishes his/her Ordinary Level exam.
Change is not something that comes naturally to Sri Lankans. As a collective society with closely knit families, there is a reluctance to send children abroad to study even if they can afford it. However, studying abroad will give students the chance to develop their cross cultural communication and business skills. It will also allow a student to think and operate independently and stand out from their peers.
Don't limit your education to books. There is a lot a child can learn from participating in sports and extra curricular activities that will contribute immensely when applying for jobs. Many students have earned scholarships at foreign universities based on their non academic achievements. Encourage children to engage in team sports and activities from school days and continue it during university.