There are only 2,727 teachers who by metric of language medium teach in English. 179,843 teachers teach in the Sinhalese medium while 66,924 teachers teach in the Tamil medium.
These figures were made available recently on the Department of Census and Statistics website. English teachers are concentrated in the Western, Central, and North Western Province. They however make up a minority of the teachers in every Province. Colombo, Kandy, and Gampaha represent the highest concentration of English teachers with 2.8, 1.8, and 1.6 percent of teachers respectively. The majority of children are taught in Provincial schools, with 9,782 schools, representing 96.3 percent of schools of total government schools being classified as Provincial Schools.
The majority of schools do not have a grade span encompassing the Advanced level examinations with only 42 percent of establishments teaching from Grade 1-13.
Children are also limited from familiarity with the English language with exposure beginning after the years of language formation in mental development.
There is a significant decline in the number of students as grades increase. Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Polonnaruwa, and Mullativu all have less than 10 teachers who can teach in the English medium.