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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 Sumanchandra Ariyawansa

"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 her life.

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 society.

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.

 

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