President’s new extensive programme to protect school children from drugs

President’s new extensive programme to protect school children from drugs

President’s new extensive programme to protect school children from drugs

Written by Staff Writer

18 Jun, 2015 | 9:10 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena says that an extensive national programme will be implemented to protect schoolchildren from the drug menace.

The president made this statement while addressing an event held at Richmond College, Galle on June 18.

Speaking at the 138th annual prize giving of Richmond College, President Sirisena revealed that a majority of the revenue collected through sale of alcohol comes from the Northern province, adding that this could have had some connection to the gang rape of a youth in the area recently.

The president also noted that it was revealed to him the youth in the area had attempted to emulate what they see in movies and through their computers in the real world, and are therefore more prone to consume alcohol or try drugs.

He noted that while many in society attempt to make it better by being socially responsible, those with the narrow mindset of only earning money corrupt society through the sale of such substances.

The president also paid tribute to the monument erected at Richmond College in memory of old boys who died in the line of duty. Thereafter, President Sirisena presented awards to students who performed exceptionally.

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