President Rajapaksa has said that it is the school that plants the seeds of success, patience and wisdom needed for anyone to become a great personality in the future.
The President pointed out that the person who does not utilize the knowledge and experiences gained from the school to build his life, may not have the value of the school. As such may be he has seen that those who have achieved successes in their lives have links with schools. The art of building up interpersonal relationships, and opportunities for understanding humanity are primarily provided by school. The President noted that their social system that segregates children into Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim schools, and later advises them not to have boundaries, is flawed. Having planted seeds of hatred from the onset, subsequent attempts at harmonizing are of little or no avail.
The President said it is the responsibility of parents, adults and teachers to provide protection not only to the child’s body but also to his growing mind. The President recalled the strength the school has given to his life and asked the students to keep close contacts with their alma mater. He also urged the parents to protect their children and not allow falling prey to malpractices in the present society.
The President was addressing the Annual Prize Giving of Thurstan College, Colombo. The President presented merit Awards to outstanding students in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. Teachers who had secured the least number of holidays and discharged their duties to the optimum earned accolades. Minister Bandula Gunawardena and College Principal Y.A.N.D. Yapa also made speeches. Minister Susil Premajayantha, Parents and past pupils were among the large and distinguished gathering present.