Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says his government intends to establish a fully-pledged school system devoid of the popular school concept in every Province of the country.
The President made this remark when he welcomed a group of students who excelled in the recent Grade 5 Scholarship Examination from Vavuniya District at the Temple Trees Friday.
The 45 students succeeded in achieving high marks at the Examination by participating in a series of seminars organized by the Chensulain Maha Karuna Education Institute which is being operated free of charge by President of the Maha Karuna Buddhist Society of Singapore and Chief Incumbent of the Sri Lankarama Vihare in Singapore, the Ven. Dr. Karadetiyana Gunaratana Thera.
The President said that he is genuinely proud to witness the achievements made by the children of rural areas as well as of cities in education to face today's challenges in the world.
Venerable Dr. Gunaratana Thero said that this is the first occasion in the history that so many students in the Vavuniya District achieved excellence at a scholarship examination.
The President while commending the students' achievements issued instructions to the relevant officials to upgrade educational facilities for the children of the Vavuniya District and provide sufficient teachers to the District.
The President said the government intends to build a better school network in the country eliminating the popular schools concept to help the children to pursue their studies under the guidance of their parents.
Admiring the students' dedication, President Rajapaksa noted that such high marks secured from Vavuniya had not been obtained by schools which enjoy unprecedented facilities.
He remarked that the education has been gradually improved in the villages as well or better than in urban cities.
Among the students the President recognized were Gimhani Hansika of Medawachchiya who secured 186 marks, Oditha Nethmini of Vavuniya who received 183 marks and Nethmi Shiram who obtained 179 marks. Another 69 students who pursued studies at this Educational Institute succeeded in the Scholarship Examination.
The President extended his greetings to all the children and also presented them gifts.
Ministers Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, C. B. Rathnayake, and Nirmala Kothalawala, Deputy Minister Mohan Lal Grero, secretary to the Education Ministry Anura Dissanayake and the Maha Sangha were present at the occasion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)