President Rajapaksa has emphasized that it is the due obligation of the teachers to impart knowledge on rural children regardless of differences, on behalf of the motherland.
He said that he was informed that there was one teacher for 15 children. But in Colombo there was one teacher for 21 children. As such there cannot be a problem of teachers in the Uva. He emphasized that about 5000 teacher appointments had already been made to the Uva Province. Altogether, more than 40 thousand had been appointed as teachers in the country. However, the dearth of teachers in remote areas still remains. As such, he made an appeal to all politicians to give due consideration to children and not to interfere in teacher transfers.
The President was addressing at a ceremony organized to hand over teacher appointments. 470 persons serving in various establishments in the Uva Province received appointments. These were being handed over under a programme of granting 42,000 appointments to Graduates. Speaking further, the President reminded them that due respect and value were handed over to the teacher’s profession in the past.
The President said rather than working in an office, the teachers are vested with a major responsibility. They are tasked with directing the future generation on the correct track. It is the teachers who can divert the children to any path. It is not only education that they should provide, but they should also be a teacher, a parent, a brother and a friend to the children.
The event was held at the Uva Provincial Auditorium. Among those present were several Parliamentarians.