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President emphasizes free education will not be curtailed

Feb 8, 2011 11:15:42 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has emphatically stated that he will not curtail the free education of the country’s children.

The President pointed out that the expenditure incurred on behalf of education is a massive investment made for the country’s future. The President was speaking at a function organized to distribute essential school items on behalf of children. The event took place at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Conference Hall in Wellawaya. A Colossal sum had been allocated for the education in the country not second to any other country in the world. In the past the Government made the highest allocation for health and education. The President underlined that providing equal opportunities are a must in education.

The President said the gap between the village and the town should be reduced. Their only responsibility and obligation is to improve the standard of education of the children. The education provided at Royal College should be given to children in villages. Education is not limited to Wellawaya in the South. It should be equally extended to Kilinochchi and Mankulam and even to Batticaloa in the east. Their desire is to dedicate themselves for the future of the children.

Further expressing his views the President said that the children should be ready to take the pride image of the motherland to the world, displaying their talents at the Commonwealth Games which are expected to be staged in Sri Lanka in the future.

The President declared that no child can stay away from school saying that there is no pen, book or shoes. It is the responsibility of the parents to see that their children attend school. They should not be directed to education but also to sports. It is planned to stage the Commonwealth Games in Sooriyawewa. As such, he noted that the children should be trained from today to take part in the games and reach international standards.

The distribution of school gear in the Moneragala District also took place on the occasion It is a concept of spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan and implemented by the Mahinda Rajapaksa Rural Education Foundation. Electricity was also provided to 10 schools of the District. All these events took place on the sidelines of the Deyata Kirula Exhibition which is in progress in Buttala.Uva Chief Minister Shashindra Rajapaksa and Muttiah Muralitharan were among those present on the occasion.