Did Yoshitha Rajapaksa have sufficient qualifications to enlist in the SL Navy?

Did Yoshitha Rajapaksa have sufficient qualifications to enlist in the SL Navy?

Did Yoshitha Rajapaksa have sufficient qualifications to enlist in the SL Navy?

Written by Staff Writer

26 Jan, 2016 | 10:35 pm

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier served as a Sub-Lieutenant in the SL Navy. Questions were raised in Parliament today, January 26 with regard to the process followed when he enlisted.

Minister of Parliament Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathilake stated that, according to the entry application submitted by Sub-lieutenant Yositha Rajapaksa, he holds Credit passes for English, Mathematics, Science, Commerce and also a C pass for Buddhism and Arts in his first O/L exam sitting in 2003. In his second sitting in 2004, Sub-Lt. Rajapaksa has gained Distinctions for English and Sinhala.

Reading Sub-lieutenant Advanced Level qualifications to Parliament, Minister Karunathilake stated that he obtained two credit passes for political Science and Geography in the year 2006.

However, the Minister explained that six passes (including English, Sinhala/Tamil, Science and Mathematics) in a single sitting of the Ordinary Level Examination and two more passes in Advanced Level examination is necessary in order to join the Sri Lanka Navy.

The minister believes that the son of the former President of Sri Lanka enlisted in order to encourage the youth to join the Navy, as interests levels in enlisting for the Navy were low.

It was also revealed in Parliament on Tuesday that the former government bore a cost of over twenty two (22) million rupees (Rs.22m)  in order to fund the overseas training for Sub-lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa.

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