Schools should not be divided under ethnicity and religion: President

Schools should not be divided under ethnicity and religion: President

Schools should not be divided under ethnicity and religion: President

Written by Staff Writer

06 May, 2015 | 9:13 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena made a statement at an event held in Nugegoda on Tuesday, May 06. The President said that the concept of national schools needs to be changed, and emphasized on the point that schools should not be divided based on ethnicity and religion.

St. John’s College, Nugegoda celebrated its 100th milestone anniversary under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Ministers, MPs, past pupils and students were present for the event.

St. John’s College was established in 1915 with 14 students and two teachers which at present contains over 4000 students.

President Maithripala Sirisena noted that the government, before 1994, introduced the national schools concept which was initiated W.J.M. Lokubandara. who was the Minister of Education.

The Badulla District which contained 37 national schools in 1994 whereas there were none in the Polonnaruwa district.

The President pointed out that a school cannot be divided in this free education, based on language.

Society today is very complex. There cannot be any division in society where there are human rights, fundamental rights, freedom, democracy and free education.

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