All must serve motherland - Duminda
Children must be determined to return their gratitude for the free
education they obtained by serving the motherland once they complete
their education, Education Services Minister Duminda Dissanayake said.
He said brain drain is one of the most serious problems Sri Lanka is
faced with today. He observed Sri Lanka has produced many intellectuals,
but unfortunately a considerable number of them have left the island.
Dissanayake requested the nation's children to give something back to
the country in return of the free education they obtain.
Education Services Minister Duminda
Dissanayake presenting a gift to a student who excelled in
the O-L examination in 2012. ANCL Chairman and Managing
Director Bandula Padmakumara looks on. Picture by
"It is all right to go overseas for higher education, but do not
forget your country thereafter," he said.
The minister made this observation while participating in a ceremony
at Lake House to compliment students who obtained the top 10 island
ranks at the Ordinary Level Examination in 2012 and Dulanjali
Ariyathilake who excelled in the examination by overcoming all odds of
The event was organised by the Sithmina Educational Publication of
ANCL and the staff, administration and sales division of ANCL with
financial sponsorship of the Institute of Vocation Studies (IVS).
Dissanayake said the government is aware that only infrastructure
development is inadequate to make Sri Lanka the Miracle of Asia, but an
intellectual generation must be produced to achieve this goal.
He emphasised the need to do away with the exam centred education
system in the country.
The minister advised children to learn good things from the outside
world without limiting their education only to books.
He said the present generation must learn to have good social
relations and to admire the local values and products.
Dissanayake said children, parents and educational authorities should
actively join hands to correct the wrongdoings of the contemporary
Editorial Director Seelaratna Senerath said Lake House gives priority
to provide a service to the nation and to equip the people with valuable
knowledge. He said the aim of Lake House is to enlighten people. IVS
donated Rs 100,000 for the uplift of the sports section of the ANCL
during the event.
ANCL Chairman and Managing Director, veteran journalist Bandula
Padmakumara, General Manager Abhaya Amaradasa, Director Operations and
Presidential Coordinating Secretary Upul Dissanayake, Legal and
Administrative Director Rasanga Harischandra, Company Secretary Kumudu
Gunawardena, IVS Managing Director Prof Vijitha Senanayake and Sithmina
Editor Manoli Subasinghe also participated.