Education, the first priority:
Northerners revert to a vibrant society
Rajapaksa unveils the plaque to open the new block of Navalar
Vidyalayam, Kopay recently.
The Northerners, who had deviated from their path as a society of
academic ambitions during the three-decade-long LTTE terrorism, have now
begun to bounce back as an educationally vibrant society, thanks to the
many programs that have been implemented by the Education Ministry of
the provincial administration, Governor Maj. Gen. G.A. Chandrasiri told
the Sunday Observer at his office in Jaffna.
These programs were implemented with salutary results under the
directions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is fully committed to the
welfare of the Northern community, and under the concepts of his ‘Uthuru
Vasanthaya’ program, Governor Chandrasiri said.
The provincial administration has, under his overall supervision and
guidance, provided all incentives and facilities, including
rehabilitation of damaged school buildings, furniture, transport
arrangements, science labs, computers, schools bags, shoes, textbooks
and midday meals to the students.
More programs and ‘ big plans’ are also under formulation for the
improvement of the education sector , the Governor said. He also gave
details of the availability of teachers in the different streams, the
appointment of new teachers and the new arrangements to look after the
welfare of the teachers, including statutory payments in respect of
He said that recently he also took several important decisions in
consultation with the senior provincial education authorities for the
improvement of the education sector.
The new block
Chief Minister of the Uva Provincial Council Shasheendra Rajapaksa
donated Rs. eight million as a goodwill gesture from the council, under
the North-South Friendship program, for the rehabilitation of the badly
damaged Kopay Navalar Vidyalya and President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited
Jaffna to open the new school building, he said. Minister Douglas
Devananda, Governor of Uva, Nanda Mathew and many dignitaries were
present at the function, he said.
Schools in the Northern province are now excelling in sports and
education, receiving national level medals on several recent
competitions, he pointed out.
Provincial Director of Education P. Vigneswaran, Additional Director
M. Radhakrishnan and other senior officials were also present at the
Governor’s office to explain the many programs that have been
successfully implemented to rebuild the Northern community as an
academic community and the achievements in the spheres of higher of
education, IT and Communication, sports and other activities.
They said that under the able guidance and overall supervision of the
Governor, they have achieved much in the field of education during the
last 21/2 years. They explained details of all programs that have been
implemented and those under formulation at present.
They said that 125 schools are to be selected for development as
popular secondary schools, under the national plan. Schools in the High
Security Zones are now being rehabilitated, including the schools in
Valigamam South, they said.
The Northern province educational standard has risen from zero
national level at the end of the war in May 2009 to seventh level at
present, they pointed out.
Under the ‘Uthuru Vasanthaya’ program, Rs.100,000 was recently
distributed to every school in the Northern province for procuring
school requirements, they said.
Almost all the schools have been re-started with only a few more to
be started, they said.