Treat all schools alike
We know today the parents make a tremendous sacrifice to
provide a good education to their children. We should however
make them dutiful citizens endowed with good qualities.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, an ardent cricket fan, prior to leaving
the country to watch the World Cup cricket finals in India had called
upon all Sri Lankans here and abroad to rally round the Sri Lankan team
in a bid to win the Cricket World Cup - 2011 as a tribute to Muttiah
Muralitharan who will retire from ODIs after the world cup match at the
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, yesterday.
While the Sri Lankans around the world had high hope that Sri Lankan
team would bring the World Cup back home and Indians taught to win the
coveted prize President Rajapaksa paid homage at the Lord Venkateswara
hill shrine near Tirupati, in India for the success of the Sri Lankan
team. On Monday when he met the foreign media at the Temple Trees
President Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka would not support any one killing
innocent civilians and could not accept the violation of the sovereignty
of any country.
“I always believe that the people are right, but no one should harm
the innocent citizens”, he said.Responding to questions on the effects
on Sri Lanka’s foreign remittances due to the ongoing crises in West
Asia and North Africa, and the economic crisis in the West, the
President said that the country has to look for alternatives and Korea
is one such alternative.
He said the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has
not asked for an extension so far but it would be granted if a request
At the swearing in of elected heads of local government institutions
held at Temple Trees recently President Rajapaksa told them to work for
the country and repose their trust in the government.
“You will be going to your respective areas and will perform your
duties as explained to you by the General Secretary of the UPFA and the
SLFP General Secretary. Filling marshy lands, approving buildings on
reclaimed lands and renting out buildings are not your job. People judge
you by your actions. Remember that the people are watching you and if
you work for your perks they will not forgive you”, he said.
“Since 2005, the people have voted for us to win six elections. Many
allegations have been made by the Opposition against us. If they see a
building here or there, they say it has been taken over by us, the
President said. Only the Opposition slings mud at me, but for you it
will be from both outside and within, the President said. Even the
international forces level allegations against us. The Opposition only
helps them, to do so. Charges of war crimes and other allegations are
made and the aim of the Opposition is to topple this government”.
The voters reposed trust in us and voted us to power overwhelmingly
in the local govt. elections. Our people cannot be deceived though the
Opposition attempts to do so. The Opposition went to Tissamaharamaya not
to canvass for votes. Even in Kataragama they lost. But the UNP was not
interested in winning local elections. What they wanted was to topple
the government and asked the people to vote for them to do so but it did
By making us victorious, they have placed heavy responsibilities on
us. Our methods are not the best, but we have done well at the elections
and the people are with us. Like, the Cabinet, the MPs and myself you
too bear responsibility to your village. What you are doing is for your
children’s future and for the future of the people”, he said.
“During the recent elections, there were many personal conflicts and
lots of infighting within the party organizations in some areas. The
people have made their decision and so has the party. You have to
respect these decisions while discharging your duties. New legislations
would be made to help do this. Under the new laws to be passed, the
administration of the Local authorities will be governed by these laws.
It is imperative that all have to work together in harmony to make the
new local government laws administratively effective. Earlier cheques
were signed by chairmen or heads of local bodies. Under the new law, it
will by done by the secretary of the local body” or any other government
“New laws will be passed and the administration of the Local
Authorities will be governed by such laws. Let me tell you of an
incident that was brought to my notice, the President said. A Western
Province PS which was collected the highest revenue of Rs. 4 million,
pays Rs. 3 million to a private garbage collecting company. This PS is
not under the control of the UPLF. With the new legislation that will be
enacted and this type of mismanagement will not take place”.
“It has also been brought to my notice that our elected party members
do not work in co-operation with our party officials. The district
organizer is an important official. It is he who may have recommended
you for nomination as a party candidate, the President said.
“The people voted for you because of the trust they reposed in you,
the government and the Party. So preserve the trust”.
“Your services are meant for the good of all in the village. Do not
spend all funds allocated to your councils, only for the ward you
represent. Voters will not like this and your council members too will
not. Make sure that you work with all party officials harmoniously.
Do not fail to attend to all party activities since it is obligatory
on your part to do so. Participation is important. We have strengthened
the party and all around us to serve the people”, the President said.
Addressing the ceremony - the Richmond College inretrospective - held
at the Richmond College, Galle, President Rajapaksa said that the
schools should be able to produce a disciplined future generation to the
country and the country’s education system should be able to mould them
to be good citizens who respect all ethnic groups in the country.
The Richmond College inretrospective gives me plenty of satisfaction.
It is the alma mater of my father, Grand-father D.M. Rajapaksa, D.C.
Rajapaksa and my elder brother Chamal Rajapaksa as well. I too had my
primary education there. So I am happy that I could be present today.
Although the missionaries started the Richmond College, yet it
produced a generation to fight imperialism and render some service to
the people of this country.
The education imparted by the Buddhist schools was not confined to
the books alone. Similarly the Richmond College too had extra curricular
activities. D.M. Rajapaksa the leader of the College’s sports groups
fought the imperialists through the strength gained out of such
activities. That should be the path which we should open for all our
children. That is why we provide facilities such as renovating this
sports complex to our children.
We know today the parents make a tremendous sacrifice to provide a
good education to their children. We should however make them dutiful
citizens endowed with good qualities.
As the children belonging to rich, middle class and low-income
families are reportedly suffering from nutrition deficiency, it is time
for us to be keen about the food we provide for our children. A rich
diet is a must for the intellectual development of the child. I believe
that our children should be fed with what is cultivated in the country
It is the school that gives birth to the modern citizen who could
conquer the world. The education is competent enough to eliminate
differences of caste, creed, race and whether one is small or big.
Schools should not be categorized into national popular and village
schools or those in difficult areas and this practice ought to be done
away with. It is our responsibility to make available facilities to each
and every school and upgrade them to provide a quality education to our
The new state-of-the-art 10 neurosurgery unit built, at a cost of Rs.
2.8 billion, at the National Hospital, Colombo was opened by the
President on Thursday. The 300-bed super-specialty tertiary-care
facility, with a roof-top helipad to provide air ambulance services, is
one of Asia’s most advanced neurosurgical units with special focus on
neurotrauma, neurology, and neurosurgery.
The building comprises eight operation theatres, six intensive care
units each with 66 beds, one unit with 228 beds and one observation unit
is partially funded by the Saudi Fund for Development.