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Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 5.05 GMT

Rural-urban education gap must end - President


With regard to education, the gap between the rural and urban must end. The rural must get the same education opportunities that urban children enjoy. We are committed in bringing equal education opportunities to the villages, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He was speaking at the Mahinda Rajapaksa auditorium in Wellawaya yesterday (8 Feb) after distributing school items among children.

The President stressed that the Government never reduced budgetary allocations for education since the Government has clearly understood the value of education.

The country will develop only when the village develops. It must get electricity. Previously, only 5% of Wellawaya had electricity.

But now 80% of the population has electricity, the President said.
He added that these areas have been developed not only through the provision of education opportunities and infrastructure but also through the expansion of industries.

‘That is why Deyata Kirula exhibition is brought to this area. We are able to see the talents of the people and children of the villages.’

The President handed over 1,000 study packs for 1,000 students in the Wellawaya education zone. Each study pack contains study material, shoes, socks and many other school items. A pack costs Rs 3,000. The Muttaiah Muralitharan Foundation has funded the program.

Uva Province Chief Minister Sashendra Rajapaksa, Minister Jagath Pushpakumara and cricketers Muttaiah Muralitharan and Pramodya Wickramasinghe also participated.






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