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Special emphasis to improve English speaking among schoolchildren

Jul 26, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday said the Government has laid special emphasis on improving English speaking among school children, encouraging extra curricular activities and making them aware on future employment avenues and job oriented skills. President Rajapaksa addressing a gathering following the opening of a new auditorium for Middeniya Maha Vidyalaya in the Hambantota district, emphasized that children are the most prized asset of the nation. He said the Government’s main aim was to empower the future generation with knowledge, skills and morale attitudes, for them to face the future with confidence. President Rajapaksa also stressed on the need to alleviate the fear of speaking English from the Sri Lankan mindset. He noted the Presidential initiative ‘English as l’ to help children improve their spoken language skills. Children should also be encouraged to engage in extra curricular activities to showcase their inherent abilities and teachers should make them aware on future employment avenues and job oriented skills training available, he added. While noting that only around two percent of school children were being admitted to Universities at present, President Rajapaksa said the Government was looking at possibilities on increasing these numbers. He added that the Government was also looking at promoting and making children aware on the vast scope of other livelihood avenues available to them.   www.dailynews.lk/2010/07/27/news02.asp