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‘Govt. ushered education revolution’

The present government will go down in history as the only government which ushered in an education revolution after late C. W. W. Kannangara’s free education scheme by opening 200 projects in 200 schools within a single day, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

He was addressing a public meeting at the Kuliyapitiya Town Hall Grounds to mark the vesting of 200 nearly built projects in 200 schools in the students on March 1 under the government’s “Nearest School is the Best School” programme.

The Prime Minister said during the last four years, the government had fulfilled a great amount of work by allocating the largest amount of funds for education and protecting and safeguarding free education.

He said that when late Minister C. W. W. Kannangara started free education he provided 50 buildings to Madya Maha Vidyalayas and he took two years to do it. But, under the government’s “Nearest School is the Best School” programme 200 buildings were being vested in 200 schools in a single day.

“Although some blamed the government asking what it had done for the he country, the government had been able to silence them now by showing results. The government did not resort to hollow drum beating for the sake of publicity. It showed results to the people by working hard silently. At the last election campaign, they promised to increase funds for educational development despite difficulties imposed by immense debt,” the Prime Minister said.

“But despite the pressure of heavy debts it did not decrease government expenditure or curtail government service salaries. Instead they increase public service salaries and allowances while spending funds on modernising the education system. This was done while managing and repaying the country’s debts. The largest amount of repayment due this year is 6200 million US Dollars,” the Premier said.

“Earlier rulers were forced to go for elections when they could not repay debts. The government had to obtain loans for the repayment of debts. New plans were underway to repay those loans as well.

A country needed a good health and education service, housing as well as modern roadways if it was to achieve development that was why the government allocated vast funds for these sectors, despite the debilitating debt crisis.

Steps would be taken to crate an export economy, develop tourism and make Sri Lanka the hub of the Indian Ocean. Apart from the Suraksha Insurance Scheme, the government had provided all facilities required by schools including teaching staff, mobile laboratories and toilet facilities,” the Prime Minister said.

“Steps would also be taken to set up a university in Kuliyapitiya through the Higher Education Ministry. The government considered these spending as investment for the future rather than more expenditure.

The first modern Smart Classroom was launched at the Sri Jayewardenepura. Now 200 Smart Classrooms were operating throughout the country. Twenty schools were being provided with Tabs on an experimental basis. The first smart school was launched in Kurunegala and it would be extended to Kandy and Colombo too,” the Prime Minister added.

He had requested to start two service teacher facilities to train Science teachers.

A batch of teachers from the US would arrive next week to provide English teaching to local teachers.

The Prime Minister said while engaging in this service the government had been able to establish democracy in the country and strengthen harmony and reconciliation.

Ministers Akila Viraj Kariaywasam and Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, State Ministers J.C. Alawathuwala, Ashok Abeysinghe and Parliamentarian Thushara Indunil were also present on the occasion. 


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