A policy dialogue on “Bottom-up Solutions to the Grade 1 Admission Problem” was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) on January 16, 2021, via Zoom. LINKS: Full Video: PD#11, 2 hours 23 minutes Mini clips: Documents: OVERVIEW: Every year, beginning its cycle in June and ending in January of the following year, the issue of Grade 1 Admissions rears its head, posing problems for parents, teachers, principals and education administrators alike. Among Sri Lanka’s 373 national schools, around 70 (less than 20%) are considered ‘popular’ schools, having the highest demand, across districts such as Colombo, Kurunegala, Kandy, Galle, and Matara. With parents wanting the best education for their children, they attempt to ensure that their children will be eligible for entry into popular schools, oftentimes engaging in fraudulent practices, such as altering certificates and addresses, and providing bribes to principals to meet this purpose. International education experts have noted that 1 teacher can optimally manage 30-35 students at primary level and 20 students at A/L class level.