Those who are in the educational sector will have a greater responsibility to mould a generation rich in knowledge to take the country’s economy forward, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Teachers and those in the education sector should strive to provide quality education to children, he added.
The President was speaking at a meeting with education administrative service officials including zonal directors and Principals at Temple Trees yesterday (Oct. 27).
The Government is committed to provide all facilities to ensure that all children receive a quality education to create knowledge based economy, he said.
President Rajapaksa said teachers specializing in many subjects are in excess in schools in urban and suburban schools where there are more facilities while in the rural schools there is still a shortage of teachers in many subjects and a novel program was implemented to recruit teachers at school level as a remedy to the teacher shortage in rural schools.
He added that the Mahindodaya program of developing 1,000 schools around the country begun with the objective of providing facilities to schools in rural areas.
Those in the education sector should discharge their duty as expected by the country to achieve the goals of creating a knowledge based economy, the President said.
President Rajapaksa while scoffing at allegations that the 2015 budgetary proposals are aimed at an election, yesterday said the Government led by him was able to give dividends to the people accrued from development, and effective economic management of 10 years of UPFA rule. He said the 2015 budget is entirely aimed at creating an emerging economy based on knowledge.
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena and Chief Ministers of North Western, Uva, Central Provinces Dayasiri Jayasekera, Shashendra Rajapaksa and Sarath Ekanayake were also present.