President Rajapaksa calls for the moulding of modern civilians needed by the country from schools. He said that cast, creed and other differences should be eliminated from the hearts of the children during their school days.
The President said the country required citizens who can win the world and schools are the place where such persons can be moulded. Education should eliminate discrimination on cast, ethnic and class differences. Parents’ attitudes should also change to build good citizens. The President said that most parents tend to believe that successful people are produced through theoretical knowledge as well as English education. He emphasized that their Buddhist Education Institutes which were in existence from ancient times were not limited to books. Schools should be focused on making a disciplined generation who would love the nation and be committed to build it, and also respect their parents and religion.
The President was addressing the “Richmond Punaralokaya” celebrations at Richmond College in Galle. The President declared open the D.A. Rajapaksa sports Complex on this occasion. The Complex was put up by the D.A. Rajapaksa Foundation in memory of all Rajapaksas, including D.A. Rajapaksa, the father of the President. In addition, more resources were vested in the students. These included the new College Administrative Complex, the Computer Network, the new access road to the College and the Richmond Information Management Network. The President inspected the Muhandiram S.A. Wickremasinghe Lecture Hall and the Samalankrutha Main Hall built by the Past Pupils Association of the College.
Further addressing the function after unveiling the D.A. Rajapaksa portrait, the President pointed out that the parents should draw their attention with regard to the nutrition and morality of the children. He noted that Richmond College was also his Alma Mater.
A memento was presented to the President. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Chief of Presidential Staff Gamini Senarath and many Past Pupils were also presented with mementos. The D.A. Rajapaksa Memorial Oration was delivered by Former Provincial Minister and a Richmondite I. Wijewantha. Minister Bandula Gunawardena also addressed the gathering. Several Parliamentarians and College Principal E.M.S. Ekanayake were among those present.