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One of Sri Lankas largest business conglomerates, Richard Pieris Group is planning on diversifying into the education sector by setting up a state-of-the-art technological university in collaboration with a leading foreign university in the next three or four years. According to top officials, the new venture would provide an opportunity for students to pursue higher education in technical areas at a recognised university from Sri Lanka without travelling overseas.

There is a growing demand for technologists and industrialists both in Sri Lanka as well as in other countries since the current technical institutions have not managed to provide adequate professionals to cater to this demand. This situation has led us to take this strategic initiative to move into the education sector, Chairman of Richard Pieris Group Dr Sena Yaddehige said at a press conference held last week.

He noted that the 13 acre high manufacturing plant in Navinna area will be moved into one of the many industrial sites of the group while the location will be used to set up the university with in the next three or four years.

The university would be set up in affiliation with a leading university probably with one of the top five universities in the UK or a prestigious university like Harvard or Yale in the US although the decision has not yet been made on this issue, the Chairman said.

Meanwhile Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Richard Peiris group Jagath Dissanayake said the exact estimates on the investment has not yet been made but this could reach up to one or two billion rupees.

Richard Peiris Group is the trend setter in the retail business in Sri Lanka under its flagship super market Arpico and the market leader in tyre retrading industry. It also owns some of the largest plantation companies in the country.

http://www.thebottomline.lk/2011/06/12/page28.html

wis


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Why are there so many problems, policy changes, mishaps in exams in Sri Lanka? Is it because suitable people are not in the right positions? Do we always blame SB and Bandula and all the politicos? Then read on. You might not have thought about this.

Last week I realized something very disturbing about the state of Sri Lanka. I do not think people realize this. I am writing this so that some people would understand what I am going to tell you. We single handedly blame the politicos for everything. But our system is not run by them. It’s been run by perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals produced by the Sri Lankan universities for decades and the quiet slaves who are doing their command from the university days. You see those perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals who abused and tortured students in 70s and 80s are senior professionals in high ranking jobs now.

Understand this. Ragging has been there for decades. Imagine any unthinkable act, whether it be force feeding feces or gang raping a girl or a boy and it has been happening in Sri Lankan universities for decades, everywhere. It is common. It has been happening in 70s and it is happening now; in arts, science, medical, management, teacher training schools and pirivenas. You might be a university student and could have passed through knowing or not knowing that some students are abused by these {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare} because it is a taboo. It may not happen in some faculties or it may not happen to some students. You might not know what happened to some of the girls or boys sitting next to you. None of the students, girl or boy would say I was raped or forced to drink water from toilets. Rarely those victims speak out. When it is done for groups only groups know it. It is like those children who are abused by close family members for decades and silently suffer. We never knew LTTE raped little girls they met before hacking them. It was a taboo subject nobody talked about. But it happened in Sri Lanka but media never reported because we never talk about sex.

Now the most disturbing part is this. This ragging has created three kinds of people.

1. People either drop from universities or stands against this and get murdered like Samantha or Rupa
2. Majority of the students who would instantly crawl or kneel when another student orders them
3. And the {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare}

There is a large section of bright and normal set of students of third kind who Sri Lanka loses every year because of ragging. Ask university students, they will tell you about the students who left the university on the first day when {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare} started abusing them, they will tell you about bright young students who end up as alocoholics or lunatics and drop out from the university without learning anything. Ask around and read newspapers. You will see bright students destroyed by the {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare}. They never come out of universities. They are lost.

Then the majority of students will kneel as soon as a student tells them. This is the majority of students as well as future Sri Lankan workforce. Imagine the state of mind of these people. They will literally crawl as soon as another student commands. They would not say no or protest. They just drop and crawl or strip or eat any filth another students orders them to. Would you eat from a dust bin if somebody tells you? Now imagine the state of mind of this future Sri Lankan workforce. They will bow their head let another person year older than him or her urinate on them without any question or protest. And these brightest minds come out and take over our country and economy. These students are conditioned to be inferior taking commands to dance or crawl or provide sexual pleasure to a master.

And this is the most disturbing thing I want you to understand. {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP} complete university course and enter into profession. They do. These qualified graduates have been going to public administration, hospitals, teaching, police and banks everywhere. The doctor you take your child for check ups could have been a pervert who gang raped students every night when he was in university or a sadist who got pleasure by crushing the testicles of another student. Yes they are in hospitals. Yes ragging happens in medical schools as well although some medical students will pass without knowing. You don’t realize they have done all the unthinkable acts and come out of the universities as graduates. Yes they do. Nobody talks about them. Very rarely you would hear somebody remark a fellow former student say what that doctor in TV did when he was at university.

The teacher in school who disciplines your child who was a Sri Lankan teaching school graduate could be a person who forced pens and candles on new girls’ anus and vagina. (The sexual abuse of every kind is very prominent in teaching schools of different kinds whether it’s art or agriculture. Sometimes it’s hard find a graduate who hasn’t been a victim or a future abuser. That is where your child’s teacher went.)
The senior law enforcement officer could have been a student who forced alchohol on new students and destroyed their whole lives or stripped and hung a student and hit until unconscious. You blame everything that ministers haven’t gone to universities and they don’t have qualifications. But look what qualified people did.
The magistrate who went to a Sri Lankan university whose hearing court cases about abused women and children could have taken pleasure in torturing and raping girls and boys at university in the 1970s and 1980s. That means people who are in the highest possible places in the public administration and everything are the graduates from Sri Lankan universities in arts, science and management some or many of them are {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP}.
The monks who your children kneel and worship who are Sri Lanken graduates could have been forcing the new monks to perform sexual acts in front of them for their enjoyment.
Have you realized this? That majority of students who will kneel as soon as a student tells them are the bowing people who work under them. Those Sri Lankan graduates who sexually abused and tortured other students are now in high ranking places in the government, universities, public administration, hospitals, schools, banks and everywhere. They didn’t disappear from the face of the earth.

You know what this means? In government, administration, education system, hospitals and university teaching and everything those {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP} are running the system. You blame education minister for AL mishaps or marking errors. But have you realized people who are running those things, people who design those things, people who supervise those things are the Sri Lankan graduates from the 1970s, 1980s? The same {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP} who protested yesterday and made havoc in Sri Lanka in the 70s and again in 89.
You blame the trade minister or energy minister for everything. But those are run by the Sri Lankan graduates who come from qualifications and seniority year by year. They are the engine behind. The minister is just a scarecrow taking the blame. Of course there is the minister, the chairman and the secretary appointed by the politicos. But they are only the muttiya which thieves put in on a stick and push into houses to get the hit. The thieves are the {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP} who are Sri Lankan graduates coming out from teaching schools, medical universities, management and arts and engineering and everywhere.

So this is the truth. Those {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP} are running your country behind the scenes whether it’s schools, hospitals, public administration, law enforcement and everywhere. Those abusers from the 70s, 80s or today did not left the system. They are running the system behind the scenes as principals, doctors, managers, professors, administrators and every educated professionals you could think of.
And this will get worse and worse as this master slave / ragging continues. The Sri Lankan universities are generating those {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare} and the rest of the graduates who would serve the master’s every darkest and vile demand from kneeling to sexual gratification. You blame the politicos for everything. But it’s the graduates who are analyzing, designing, making decisions and running Sri Lanka. They are behind the curtain running the system.
If you don’t eliminate this master slave / ragging cancer, Sri Lanka will become more dangerous to live in. This government did the unthinkable, they finished the war. I hope they can cure this master slave / ragging system and eliminate the {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare} 100%. If they do it we will see the improvements in 40 – 50 years when the {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare} are flushed out from the administration when they retire and die. Until then Sri Lanka will be controlled by {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare} who are now professionals, and slaves who has kneeled and bowed in front of the masters from the university days. This is why Sri Lanka is so degraded, lawless, underdeveloped and why people are without a spine to defend their rights. They were conditioned to be slaves. This cancer is there for so long.

Deplorable Conditions of the Sri Lankan Universities. Read it top to bottom.
http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2012/02/deplorable-conditions-of-sri-lankan.html

“For brutally murdering Selvanayagam Varapragash a group of seven Engineering faculty seniors were indicted but many of them were acquitted due to inadmissible evidence. Today his murders are free and some are living in Canada and Australia working as professionals but hiding their murky murderous past.”

“After her death they conveniently forgot about Miss Rupa Rathnaseeli. Those who attempted to administer sexual violence on her working as administrators today. Some are university professors.”

“[Ovitigala Vithanage Samantha] was inhumanly assaulted at the university premises and attacked with a computer monitor and smashed his head. One of his killers and one who masterminded the murder - Sujith Kuruwita used his political backings to evade the charges and today he is at large. After Ovitigala Vithanage Samantha’s death his humane campaign had a lesser voice and again violence and sadism took control of the Sri Lankan universities.”

Source for above article read this one top to bottom.
http://andarademala.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-post.html

“ඔය කැම්පස් එකේම තමයි මගේ නංගිට ඉටිපන්දමක් ගහන්න ගියේ. ඒ ළමයාගේ මුලු අවුරුද්දක්ම ජීවිතේ නැති වෙලා කොලඹ කැම්පස් එකට මාරු වෙලයි ඩිග්රිය ගත්තේ. ඕක කරපු එක වේ… බැල්ලියෙක් ව මම පස්සෙ කාලෙක අල්ලගත්තා. මම ඕකුන්ව හොය හොය පලිගන්නවා.
ඕකුන් තමයි මුකුත් නොකර ඕව කර කර ඉඳලා එලියට ඇවිල්ලා, ආන්ඩුවේ රස්සාවල් ඉල්ල ඉල්ල කෑ ගහන්නෙ. මොකද කිසිම දෙයක් දන්නෙ නැතුව ගිරවා දාලා විභාගෙ පාස් වුනාම මොනව කරන්නද? තව බැල්ලියෙක් ඉන්නවා රාජ්ය පරිපාලනේ වැඩ කරන, මම ඒකිවත් අල්ල ගන්නවා.”

Read these articles and keep in mind the period. It is 1970s. More than 40 years ago. http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/03/27/ragging-%E2%80%93-my-experience/

http://sundaytimes.lk/120129/News/nws_40.html
These sadists will be teaching your children tomorrow, disciplining them, treating them at hospitals, teaching them at universities, giving them character certificates, working in police, working in courts, running the country… Today their predecessors are doing that.



In memory of Ovitigala Vithanage Samantha who was brutally murdered by Sri Lankan university students and even stopped from being taken to hospital.

3Education Sector Empty Re: Education Sector on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:56 pm

rjeranimo

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You are absolutely right my friend. I've been thinking this thing since a long ago!!!!!!!

4Education Sector Empty Re: Education Sector on Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:06 pm

wis


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I found 3 more very important articles on the subject.

First one is an academic paper from Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Freie Universität Berlin, "The language of victims and rapists: Embracing verbal taboo to reappropriate victimless slang". The whole world knows Sri Lankan university students are perverts, sadists, sociopaths, murderers and criminals.
http://neon.niederlandistik.fu-berlin.de/ss19/paper/1326

Other one is from 1975 in medical faculty. What you have to understand is that these {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare} are now senior doctors, professors, heads of departments, administrators, chiefs of staff, committees and intellectuals who are running Sri Lanka appointed by seniority and qualifications with BSc, MSc, Phd. These are not politicos. They are now running the country. You never blame them. You think educated are not given the proper position. They are in the high positions.

As I said, if you flush out the {perverts/sadists/sociopaths/murderers/criminals/JVP/Anthare} today then in 40 - 50 years this country will become a Singapore. Otherwise this will get worse as the students from 80s, 90s, 2000s become the next professors and leaders.

This subject is taboo. That's why nobody talks other than the few we hear. It's the tip of a Everest size ice berg. But it is going on for ages. That's why Sri Lanka is a failed state. Sorry for this post. But somebody has to tell the truth. Thank you for letting the voice heard. If you're from newspapers let the public know the politicos is a minor issue for the blunders in the price band, stock market, central bank, economy, treasury, transport authority running the buses and trains, managing electricity, planning and building roads, bridges, housing schemes, drainage, agriculture, food manufacturing and distribution, storing, ports and aviation, AL results, Z Score. Those are run by these qualified educated staff. This is the deadly issue.

The article in The Sunday Times of October 25, regarding "Ragging in the University" prompted me to relate the bitter experience I had when I entered the University 22 long years ago as a Medical student in the Peradeniya Campus. The nightmare I had been through kept haunting me for many more years even after leaving the University. I have not revealed these horrors to anyone because even the memory of it is so humiliating and bitter.

From the very first hour I reported to one of the halls of residence in the Peradeniya University, I realized that I was not going to live with human beings. The groups of "Seniors " who tormented me for the subsequent three weeks were a bunch of mentally disturbed sadists. Within the first hour my unsuspecting parents left my room, joyous that their brilliant, hard working eldest son was now in the haven of the educated, I was asked to strip naked. Thereafter it was a never ending series of sadistic torment, which lasted three long weeks.

Group after group, these perverts entered our rooms, and we were ordered to perform various acts, mostly sex orientated, for their enjoyment. These were sprinkled with acts of severe physical toture. Crawling on the naked hot cement in the Hilda Obeysekera Hall corridor with many others stark naked till your elbows and knees bled, crawling under the furniture pretending that you are en route to some country on a scholarship, doing hundreds of pushups, situps, climbing on to and getting down from a high table pretending that you were on a pilgrimage to Adam's Peak till you dropped down in exhaustion were just some of these "friendly acts" in the course of "getting to know each other".

Every morning, we were woken up around 5.30, and then were herded into the courtyard between fifth and sixth wings of Hilda Obeysekera Hall for the "Common Rag". We were ordered to strip naked, and were taken through an exhausting series of physical exercises. In between some of our tormentors picked one or two victims and they were asked to have an ice cold bath, only to return to the courtyard to continue with the ragging. This common rag lasted anything upto one hour, and a similar activity took place at dusk. Then, stinking of your sweat, splattered with mud, bleeding from a multitude of abrasions, it was time for you to rush to your morning ablutions, breakfast and of course, lectures.

Another cruel act performed at that time was the "castration". The victim was forced to place his scrotum in a half opened drawer. He was then blinfolded. After a very convincing account of what is about to happen, the table top was hit hard with a plank. I was a victim of this (It was performed in Jayathilake Hall, by a Final Year Medical Student, now a Medical Specialist himself!) and I can still feel the shock and the immediate relief which followed. Anyone with a weak heart could have had a heart attack. How on earth can such an act help to get to know each other?

Even the dining hall was not spared of this mental and physical torture. I was asked to sing while eating, eat with my plate on my head, with my plate behind me, but these appeared harmless when compared to the torturing which went inside rooms. I can remember being ordered to polish my plate, that is to finish everything on the plate, including karapincha, rampe, egg shells, fish bones, etc., etc. The night was feared by all. There were various kinds of vulgar contests, in which one was asked to perform various acts, including masturbation, display of your private parts so that these "seniors" could find a winner. Where was this held? - not in a torture chamber - but in the common room of Hilda Obeysekera Hall, where the subwarden slept just one floor above.

Ragging in all forms must be banned. Students who are caught ragging the freshers must be expelled from the Campus. One can never describe the agony a newcomer goes through in these three weeks. The tough may survive but most carry deep scars till the end of their lives.

We now know how an innocent, brilliant Engineering student who was the apple of his parents eyes, was ragged inhumanly till he died of renal failure. How long are the law makers and the University Dons going to sit on this issue? How many more deaths and hours and hours of agony and humiliation do we want before this is banned completely?
Medical Student in 1975
Now a Consultant Surgeon
(http://sundaytimes.lk/971109/letm.html#LABEL2)

Finally enjoy this video if you're Sri Lankan. Look how psychopathic the cream of the Sri Lankan students are and how the next generation who will lead the country, take over the economy, crawl on the dirt like dogs and bitches on a single command. You should be proud of the future leaders. Sri Lankans, enjoy.
https://youtu.be/ClymCgN28sw



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5Education Sector Empty Re: Education Sector on Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:13 pm

Whitebull


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I also do not like the ways by which things happening in our universities but I must say this is clear exageration of the situation.

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Welfare, education and health lose out to ‘unjustifiable’ energy subsidy
* Even the poor pay for ‘colossal’ losses at CEB, says think tank
February 28, 2013, 9:18 pm
The Island

The Pathfinder Foundation points out that the CEB would receive an ‘unjustifiable’ subsidy of Rs. 124 billion this year, due to ‘colossal’ losses at the state utility, resulting in ‘massive’ opportunity cost.

"The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has projected the losses for year – 2013 – as follows: CEB’s cost estimate for 2013 is Rs. 268 billion while revenue is estimated at Rs. 174 billion, leading to an estimated operational loss of Rs. 94 billion this year. A subsidy amounting to Rs. 30 billion from the Treasury for a project loan repayment would actually take up the entire subsidy to Rs. 124 billion," the think tank said.

"This colossal loss is to be subsidized by the Treasury through taxes extracted from all citizens including the poorest of the poor is more than enough to: Increase the current Samurdhi payments of Rs. 15 billion by 8 times; Double the education budget of Rs. 62 billion; Increase the Health Budget of Rs. 93 billion by 30%; or even build five more new air ports like Mattala," it said.

According to the IMF, and Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, the government is closely looking at introducing far reaching reforms to the CEB, and also the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, which includes cost-based pricing.

While the government had agreed to such reforms, the timing of such reforms was one among many reasons for talks with the IMF for an extended fund facility to fall apart earlier this year. However, both sides are keeping lines of communication open for possible collaboration in the future.

The IMF painted a bleak picture in February when it said Sri Lanka was undermining macroeconomic stability with inflation and government debt too high amidst a slowing economy. It called for reforms to state owned enterprises, particularly the CEB and CPC, and tax administration. It said fiscal discipline was at the heart of the matter.

Dr. P B Jayasundera earlier this week said reforms to CEB and CPC would be carried out this year, which would help bolster financial stability in the country while the government focused on providing relief to the vulnerable.

7Education Sector Empty Re: Education Sector on Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:38 am

Kithsiri

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Anyone who is not investing in Health & Education is doomed. pale
I wish if we can be the exception, but unfortunately we are not. Shocked

8Education Sector Empty Re: Education Sector on Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:35 pm

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This colossal loss at CEB is to be subsidized by the Treasury through taxes extracted from all citizens including the poorest of the poor is more than enough to:

build five more new air ports like Mattala ! each year ! ," it said.

9Education Sector Empty Re: Education Sector on Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:44 pm

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@Chinwi wrote:This colossal loss at CEB is to be subsidized by the Treasury through taxes extracted from all citizens including the poorest of the poor is more than enough to:

build five more new air ports like Mattala ! each year ! ," it said.
"මේ රටේ මිනිස්සු තනිකර කෙලින්නේ පිස්සු ............."
මිහින් ලංකා එකේ කටුනායකින් මත්තලට ගිහිල්ල "කතරගම දෙයියෝ " වඳින
මිනිස්සුන්ගෙන් ඔය එයාර්පෝර්ට් එකේ ගාන හොයන්න පුළුවන්
"හරි සිම්පල් ප්ළෑන් එකක් නේ "
Razz Razz Razz

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The Asian Development Bank said it would loan 175 million US dollars to build roads and boost the state university system to generate graduates that more employable.

ADB will give 100 million US dollars for Sri Lanka government's skills sector development program which plans to reduce a mismatch between the competencies of graduates and skills needed by employers.

"Targeted education for the workers of tomorrow is essential to economic growth but businesses and communities also need good connections to markets, jobs and services," said ADB Country Director Sri Widowati said in a statement.

Sri Lanka's youth employment was considered very high at 17.3 percent.

Critics say unemployable graduates from tax-payer funded universities have devised a successful scheme to protest in front of the island's main railway station and get state jobs and become tax spenders for life at the expense of the rest of the working population.

Meanwhile ADB said it will also lend 75 million US dollars to improve 33.5 kilometres of national highways linked to the island's Southern Expressway.

The loans agreements were signed with Treasury Secretary P B Jayasundera.

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/news/sri-lanka-borrows-us$275mn-from-adb-for-roads,-education/769163669

11Education Sector Empty Education Sector on Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:07 pm

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Forum readers are welcome to contribute your valuable opinion on the discussion conducted last night by “Rathu Era” program, Swarnavahini TV.

At one point, debate was heated up between Dr. Silva & Mr. Gunawardene (Minister of Education) concerned with privatization of public sector. Mr. G was promoting the government socialised policies by nationalizing back the public enterprises which were sold out in previous regime criticizing UNP’s privatization policies of large enterprises.

Then Dr. figured out that allowing shares of public enterprises (Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation) in capital market is a part of privatization.  Mr. G vehemently opposed that point that trading shares in secondary market is not considered as privatization.  Counter arguing, Dr. claimed that few top guys who control SL capital market can acquire a big chunk of public shares & it is form of privatization (perhaps not giving an opportunity to minor shareholders).

In my opinion, the most important point not discussed here is the control interest of the business entity & the limitations imposed by company law, after acquisition of high % of shares open to public.

Your comments please.

12Education Sector Empty Re: Education Sector on Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:20 am

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13Education Sector Empty Re: Education Sector on Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:21 am

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Mar 05, Colombo:

 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized the need for formulating a national education policy on a priority basis to suit the rapidly changing situations, President’s Media Division said.


This policy should not change with the change of a Government or a President, he observed during a discussion with the officials of the Ministry of Education held at the Presidential Secretariat today (5).

President Rajapaksa noted that the Cabinet of Ministers, Parliament and the public should be fully informed when formulating an “education Policy”. Views of the academics, experts in the field and international standards should be taken into consideration, he added.

President commended the step taken by the Minister of Education to remove photographs and messages of politicians from school text books. The Ministry has to incur a large sum of money to re-print the text books with different images and messages once a new government comes into power, President pointed out.
The “Nenasa” computer technology program has suffered a setback during the recent past. President instructed the official to revive the program and continue it effectively.

Some subjects are taught using computer technology to Grade 10 and 11 students. In order to reap full benefits from this process, the computer skills should be developed from Grade 5 upwards, the President said cautioning that if this system not followed, the country will fail in its forward march with modern global trends.

The President also pointed out the possibility of using computer technology as a solution to the shortage of English, Mathematics and Science teachers in rural areas. Children living in these areas can also receive the knowledge similar to that of children in urban areas through a formal strategy. President Rajapaksa also focused on providing necessary technical equipment and high speed internet facilities to rural schools in collaboration with government bodies and private communication companies.

President Rajapaksa highlighted the importance of a practical education system to rival the global standards and discard the exam-centered education system that continues from Kindergarten to the university.

The Minister of Education Dallas Alahapperuma noted that about 100 schools have not received a single application to be admitted to Grade 1.

Meanwhile, the Governor of the Western Province, Dr. Seetha Arambepola stated that six schools in her province with less than a total of 200 students are located within 1km to each other. President, in response, advised the officials to examine the capability of integrating those schools under one roof. President added that it could assist in overcoming the shortage of teachers and elevate the standards of schools.

In addition, President Rajapaksa instructed to expedite the process of converting 19 National Colleges of Education to University Colleges that would produce teachers with a bachelor’s degree.

The President stressed that the Ministry of Education must show positive outcomes in all sectors including Computer Technology within three to four years.

Minister of Higher Education, Bandula Gunawardena, Governor to the Western Province, Dr. Seetha Arambepola, Secretary to the President, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Secretary to the Ministry of Education, N. H. M. Chithrananda, Additional Secretary, Hemantha Premathilaka and several other officials were present at the discussion.

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