There is a huge gap between the education in government schools on tea estates vs the education in rural and urban areas. 

Providing quality education is difficult. The remote locations of the tea estates means that many qualified teachers are reluctant to move into these areas and this is a huge problem for the young people living there. Without qualified teachers, the process of getting a good educaction to be able to pass exams and get work away from the tea estates if difficult, if not, impossible.

Both parents and children are aware of this and many drop out of school as a result. Only 53-63% of children completed their primary school education, which is significantly lower when compared to Sri Lanka as a whole, which stands at 82-86%.

The proportion of tea estate children completing O-levels stands at around 9%. However, the proportion of the estate-sector working-age population with at least 2 A-levels remains low at 3%, although improved from 1% in 2003.

English education is absolutely vital to be able to get salaried employment and the chance of a progressive career. A C grade pass at O-Level is crucial for office/retail/hospitality based employment. However, qualified English teachers are extremely rare in tea estate schools. Many teaching English can't speak it themselves and leave it to the students to try and do it on their own.

It is also well documented that teachers do not teach the full curriculum, instead finishing them off through private classes, which tea estate kids cannot afford.

This overall lack of quality education for children on the tea estates blocks their ability to rise above the poverty they come from and as a result, are unemployed, or they become tea pickers themselves, or leave for manual/domestic work in the larger cities, working for a similar wage and taken advantage of or terribly abused because of the communities they come from".

The World Bank states "Poor outcomes in education block the ability of the estate population to participate in Sri Lankan society."

This information has been taken from a report from the World bank group entitled "Sri Lanka, Ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity". 2015