Sri Lankan President hopes to change the competition for admission to premier schools in Colombo

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says every government is bound not only by international charters but also by the constitution to give educational rights to all the children in the country.

Speaking at the 75th anniversary celebration and the annual prize giving ceremony of Pushpadana Girls College in Kandy on Wednesday, the President said a large number of children who were living in the houses with low facilities in Colombo have lost their opportunity to study at their nearest school due to the competition for the admission to premier schools in Colombo.

“The government is giving required physical and human resources to all schools in the country to reduce the competition for leading schools and provide the rights to all children to study without any barriers. These adverse conditions of competition for education should be quickly changed,” he said.

“Similar to the way you pass exams you should win the life by understanding the challenges and barriers and facing the life with self-confidence,” the President told the students.

The President who arrived in the school as the Chief Guest at the event was awarded a guard of honor by the Girl Guides and the Air Force Cadets.

He presented the prizes to the students who demonstrated excellent skills.

Deputy Postmaster General of Central Province Rajitha Ranasinghe presented the commemorative stamp and the first day cover, issued to mark this occasion to the President.

Chief Minister of Central Province Sarath Ekanayake, Central Provincial Minister Thilina Bandara Tennakoon and the District Secretary of Kandy H. M. P. Hitisekara were among those who participated in this occasion.