President Rajapaksa tells the children of the country to be erudite, virtuous and healthy. The President said that the children can attend schools without fear and suspicion and enhance their knowledge during that period. But this alone is not sufficient. They should be healthy and should respect their parents and teachers. He called on the students to make optimum use of freedom that prevails, without being treacherous to the country. The students should be geared to accept the future of the country. This is the message the President said that he even has to give for the children today. The President gave this message to the children in reply to a query made by a student at the annual prize giving of Dharmaraja College of Kandy. Upeka Athukorala queried from the President who built a free and peaceful country as to what message he has to give the children. In response, the President further said that not only for education but the children should respect moral ethics. He called on them to be children who would care for and not be treacherous to the country. Ananda Wijeratne of the staff queried from the President as to what plans he had to mould a virtuous student fraternity which loves the country. In response the President said its onus lay on the teachers. The President opined that he had three children and the time the children spent with them was very little. They spent more time with the teachers. There is much responsibility vested with the teachers in grooming the children
Responding to a query raised by Yasas Chandrasekera, a past pupil of the college, the President pointed out that measures are already in place to give special marks for children with sports talents in gaining admission to universities. He mentioned that attention had been directed to rebuilding the sports sector which had been paralyzed within universities. Laksara Gunawardena, the student who was entitled to the Gold Medal for being the talented child of the college received the medal and prizes from the President. Prizes and certificates were awarded to students who displayed their skills at the last G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination and students of other grades. Ministers Bandula Gunawardena and Keheliya Rambukwella were present.
Central Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake, Parliamentarian Eric Prasanna Weerawardena and College Principal S.M. Keerthiratne were among others who graced the occasion.