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‘Govt to make Sri Lanka trilingual’

The government has implemented a programme to make Sri Lanka trilingual and every child of the country should learn Sinhala, Tamil and English to accomplish this mission, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

The President was addressing a gathering at Jaffna Central College after opening a swimming pool at the school premises yesterday.

The new swimming pool of the Jaffna Central College was constructed at a cost of Rs.17 million by the Tharunyata Hetak Organization to help develop the skills of local swimmers in Jaffna peninsula.

The Tharunyata Hetak organisation provided Rs. 13 million for the project while the balance Rs. four million was borne by the Northern Provincial Council.

Addressing the students on the occasion, the President said that the facilities enjoyed by the students in the South will be made available to those in the North as well.

“In addition, the children in villages should also receive equal facilities that are enjoyed by the students of Colombo schools”, he pointed out.

President Rajapaksa also pointed out that necessary steps will be taken to increase educational opportunities for the next generation amd to create a better atmosphere to augment the health facilities of the future generations. The President said that sports help promote peaceful coexistence.

He said that sports also helps create a person who can accept victory and defeat in the same stride.

Speaking in Tamil, the President pointed out that he has never forgotten the Motherland though a certain segment is engaged in a futile attempt to deter the ongoing development drive by resorting to various tactics. He requested the public to be cautious about such activities.

Jaffna Central College is the only school in the region that has a swimming pool. The school was founded in 1817.

At present, around 1.800 students are studying in this school with an academic staff of 114. The President thanked the Tharunyata Hetak organization for the contribution they made in helping construct the swimming pool. He also spoke to the students of the school.

The welcome address was delivered by Jaffna Central College Principal Ellilvendan.

Jaffna Bishop Thomas Saundranayagam, Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda, Northern Province Governor Major General G.A. Chandrasiri, Hambantota District Parliamentarian and Tharunyata Hetak organization chairman Namal Rajapaksa and MP Lohan Ratwatte were present.

 

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