The government is in the process of developing clusters of schools in each province, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The President made this observation when he met a group of 45 schoolchildren who obtained the highest marks at the Year Five scholarship examination from the Vavuniya district.
President Rajapaksa added that a large number of students from rural as well as urban areas are making steady progress in academic activities. The President added that he is proud of these children who are making great strides in the field of education to overcome the challenges ahead of them. President Rajapaksa also instructed the officials to provide adequate teachers for schools in the Vavuniya district.
The President also stressed the need to uplift education facilities in schools in the district.
These students were among those who participated in year five scholarship seminars conducted by the Maha Karuna Educational Institute. This institute run by Chairman of Maha Karuna Buddhist Society in Singapore and Chief Incumbent of Sri Lankaramaya in Singapore Ven Dr. Karadetiyane Gunarathana Thera, provides education to the children who were affected by terrorism.
Ven Dr. Karadetiyane Gunaratana Thera said this is the first time that a large number of students from the Vavuniya district have obtained highest marks at the Year Five scholarship examination.
The Thera blessed the President for creating a peaceful environment for children to excel in the field of education.
Gimhani Hansika of Medwachchiva, Odhitha Nethmina of Vavuniva and Nethmi Shiram of Vavuniya who obtained 186, 183 and 179 marks respectively were among the group of students who met the President at Temple Trees yesterday.
The President thanked two teachers who conducted this seminar for the students. He also greeted these students and presented gifts to them after having a convivial conversation with them. He appreciated their skills too. The members of Maha Sangha, Ministers Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, C.B. Ratnayake, Nirmala Kotelawala, Deputy Minister Mohan Lala Grero and Education Ministry Secretary Anura Dissanayake were also present.