I will execute every duty meticulously for the education of the children in the country, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. I will fulfill the responsibility to create an education system which suits the country and the nation, he added.
The Government will provide every facility for the education of the children, the President said. He recalled that the current Government corrected historic mistakes in education.
The President was addressing the inauguration ceremony of the national project to build 250 Mahindodaya Technical Institutes, under the project to build thousand Mahindodaya schools. The ceremony was held at Lumbini Vidyalaya today (June 2).
Even in 1970s we had only one school of A Grade. Luckily, northern children had 37 schools. We saw this difference in history. There were much schools and facilities for Colombo. But the villages didnít have them.
Therefore, the children came to Colombo from the village. There is a competition to join in schools in Colombo. But, after we introduced these Mahindodaya technical labs there is a competition to come to these schools, the President said.
It is our duty to give an education to everyone. No point of blaming children. We should not decide the subjects what they should do. Children should have their own freedom to select what they want learn. We should prepare the new generation to suit the global job market, the President said.
That is the reason of forming a national vocational training centre. It has helped to open the path to university selection through vocational training. Therefore it is possible to achieve both professional and academic qualifications. We took necessary action to give special opportunities out of the current education and examination system, the President further stated.