The Government has taken steps to end discrimination against rural students in the educational arena through the Mahindodaya 1,000 school development program, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Schools are upgraded to a complete school under this program, where facilities will be available for the teaching and learning process, he added.
In line with the Government's vision to make Sri Lanka an education hub of Asia, the entire education sector has already been subjected to a radical change. Under the Mahindodaya school development program, especially rural students will be able to conquer the world with novel technology including information technology, the President said.
The President was addressing a gathering at the opening of a newly constructed Mahindodaya Science Laboratory at Galgamuwa Maha Vidyalaya in Moneragala on Monday (June 23).
Arrangements made to uplift the education sector are hampered and criticized by certain elements since they do not like to see the children moving to higher notches in the educational ladder, especially in the international arena, the President said.
He said 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 baseless allegations by narrow sighted people, against the education sector development measures without considering the significant achievements, and moves already being taken for the development of the education sector, the President said.
These people do not let rural students climb the education ladder leveling baseless allegations such as saying a student who enters a Mahindodaya Science Laboratory which comes under 1,000 Mahindodaya School Development Program is charged Rs.50,000 by the Government, he said.
He highlighted that whatever these carping critic might say the Government will never stop carrying out the measures taken to uplift the education sector of the country.