The Government has activated ‘Mahindodaya’ technical laboratories program to develop thousand secondary Schools with modern amenities to provide more equal educational opportunities for children in urban and rural areas by enhancing facilities in schools.
Accordingly, three Mahindodaya technical labs were declared open yesterday (March 10) in St John’s Collage Panadura, Dr Richard Pathirana Vidyalaya and Sumangala Vidyalaya in Kalahe by President Mahinda Rajapaksa while another four labs will be opened today (March 11) in Dorape Vidyalaya, Imaduwa, Rohana Vidyalaya, Ahangama, Dikkumbura Vidyalaya and Dharmishta vidyalaya, Katukurunda by the President.
The Education Ministry is continuing with the Mahindodaya technical labs programme of endowing to the nation 1000 secondary schools countrywide in parallel to the Mahinda Chinthana National Resuscitation Programme.
The Laboratories are equipped with a science laboratory, mathematics laboratory, language laboratory, distance education unit and an information and communication laboratory.
Participating at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for a Mahindodaya technological and science laboratory at Sandalanka Central College, Kurunegala, the Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said the Government has taken steps to end discrimination against rural students in the educational arena through the Mahindodaya 1,000 school development programme. He said schools will be upgraded to a complete school under this programme, where facilities will be available for the teaching and learning process.
He stated that due to the failure to provide facilities for students to pursue their education in the Advanced Level science stream, the number of arts graduates is on the increase. Most arts graduates are seen seeking employment lengthening the job queue, the Minister said.
He said there are certain electorates which does not have a single 1AB school. “The science stream is available only in 1AB School. Considering this situation, on the advice of the President the 1,000 Mahindodaya school development programme was launched”, the Minister further stated.
Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne, addressing the foundation laying ceremony for a Mahindodaya technical laboratory for Malwala Maha Vidyalaya, Ratnapura stated that a large numbers of village level schools were to be closed due to the lack of facilities. He said Mahindodaya technical laboratories will be a boon to these schools. He said during the past, some important educational facilities were limited to only a few famous schools in the urban areas.
“It has changed and the government has taken measures to provide physical resources and educated teachers for schools in rural areas to create a well educated and intelligent generation,” the Minister said.
“Under this program, all students will get an equal opportunity to follow the science and mathematics streams for the Advanced Level with the establishment of Mahindodaya technological laboratories,” the Minister said.
The first phase of the program completed construction of 401 Mahindodaya technical labs while 194 labs have been constructed under the second phase. The cost of the construction was Rs.6150 millions. The World Bank provided financial assistance on this regard. The first Mahindodaya technical lab was opened by President Rajapaksa on 28. 07. 2012, at Ratmalana Kotalawalapura Maha Vidyalaya.
The aim of the programme is to get rid of the popular schools concept and build schools with developed facilities. Many modern facilities are being provided to these schools establishing Mahindodaya Technical Laboratories with the sole intention of enhancing the knowledge of the children.