The Government has taken steps to end discrimination against rural students in the education field through the Mahindodaya school development program, under which computer laboratories were set up in 1000 selected rural schools. These schools have been upgraded under this program and information technology facilities were made available to the students thus broadening the teaching and learning process, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The President said the Government allocates millions of Rupees for developing schools and educational facilities so as to offer adequate scope for education. “Therefore, students should get the best out of these available additional resources,” he added.
The President was addressing school children at Passara Maha Vidyalaya after opening a Mahindodaya Technical Laboratory yesterday (Sep. 3).
Parents also should pay special attention towards the education of their children and provide all facilities for their education, the President said. “Now all the students will get an equal opportunity to follow the science or mathematics streams for the Advanced Level with the establishment of Mahindodaya technological laboratories,” he said.
President Rajapaksa said the country’s younger generation should be ready to conquer the world through Information Technology as it plays a pivotal role in the modern and ever advancing world.
President Rajapaksa said that the technology stream and Information Technology are the golden gates for our future generation to enter the modern world.
Having understood the future demands in the global context, the Government introduced the technology stream to the GCE Advanced Level. “Technology” is the fifth stream of the GCE Advanced Level. The students are benefited by the technology stream to conquer the modern technological world, the President said.
In keeping with the Mahinda Chintana vision for the future to restructure education and create a knowledge base in the country, the President opened several other Mahindoyada Technical Laboratories at Bibilegama Maha Vidyalaya, Gonagala Tamil Maha Vidyalaya, Lunugala Ramakrisna Tamil Vidyalaya yesterday.
Each Mahindodaya secondary school consists of a three storied building complex with an Advanced Level science laboratory, language lab, mathematics lab, information technology lab, a computer lab with 40 computers, Nenasala centre for distance learning, administration building, class rooms and other facilities for the teaching and learning process. Each school is developed at a cost of Rs.24 million under the national program to redesign 5,000 primary schools and 1,000 secondary schools of the Education Ministry.