President Maithripala Sirisena said educational system should be reformed to ensure that the students triumph in the world of competitive technology. He pointed out that our educational policies should be changed to suit the knowledge –based economy.
The President was speaking at the annual prize giving ceremony of Ibbagamuwa Madya Maha Vidyalaya today (June30).
President Sirisena, who arrived in Ibbagamuwa Madya Maha Vidyalaya this morning was ceremoniously received and escorted to the auditorium by the children of the school.
The President stated special attention should be paid on the skill development to create competent people required by the knowledge-based economy. He added he would take action to produce skillful citizens by giving proper vocational education to the students who are unable to enter universities for higher education.
He further stated he would take every action to build a good, disciplined and moral society within the country, adding that the new government will impose strict laws and regulations in this regard.
A broad National Programme has been planned to protect our future generations from drug menace which destroys our society, the President said. A social discussion needs to effectively implement the death penalty against the people who import and distribute heroin and drugs within the country, the President further said. He added even though he is a Buddhist he will not hesitate to take such an action to build a better country for our children.
The 61st Prize Giving Ceremony of the Ibbagamuwa Central College was held today (30). The President presented awards and prizes to students who showed their outstanding performance in different fields. A group of 15 teachers were felicitated at this event for rendering a yeoman service to the School.
The President also laid the foundation stone for a new two-storey building which will be constructed at a cost of Rs 15 million.
After the Prize Giving Ceremony, President Sirisena also engaged in a very cordial and friendly discussion with the students. The President respectfully greeted one of his old teachers who was at the function.