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President tells teachers “unite to protect children’s right to education”

Oct 7, 2010 5:33:35 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has said that the teachers should create a secure future for the children. He invited the teachers to be united in protecting the children’s right to education.

The President said the onus is on the teachers to mould children to be law abiding citizens. The teachers have the ability to create individuals who respect not only the parents and teachers but the Temples, Churches and Kovils.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed these views at a function organized to hand over letters of appointment to teachers at the Temple Trees, in parallel to World Teachers’ Day.

The President stressed that the responsibility of creating a disciplined younger generation lies with the teachers. He called upon the teachers to appreciate the abilities of children as this would direct them on the right path. He said that the teachers should not only be a mother or a father to the children but a brother or a sister and a friend as well. He said that they are entering the service on behalf of the children. The literacy rate in the country is 91 percent. It should be increased to 100 percent. He said that the child has a right to education. The teachers should make sure to protect this human right.

3000 Diploma holders and 550 English teachers received appointment letters. The President said that arrangements have been made to provide the required facilities for the teachers.