The era in which schools were categorized as national schools, popular schools, rural schools or remote schools should end, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the ‘Richmand Punaralokaya’ celebrations held at the Richmand College, Galle, yesterday (March 29).
Everybody should contribute to make all our schools better. The government is committed to provide schools with the required facilities to uplift their standards, he said.
“Our country requires citizens who can win the world and schools are the place where such persons are built. Our education should eliminate discrimination on cast, ethnic and class differences,” he added.
Parents’ attitudes should also change to build good citizens. Most parents tend to believe that successful people are produced through theoretical knowledge as well as English education, the President said. But our Buddhist education institutes which were in existence from ancient times were not limited to books, the President said.
Schools should be focused on making a disciplined generation who would love the nation and be committed to build it, and also respect their parents and religion, the President further stated.