Quality education a must - minister
Chief Guest Education Minister Bandula
Gunawardena hands over a prize to a student. Picture by
A quality education must be provided to children or else they will
get involved in unwanted activities, Education Minister Bandula
He was speaking at the prize giving of Zahira College, Colombo at the
Abdul Gaffoor Hall recently. Principal Mohamed Jiffry read the prize day
Minister Gunawardena said the government provides free books and
uniform material to students while some schools also provide free meals.
He said that Sri Lanka's Muslim community and education have a very
close connection because the world's first woman Prime Minister Sirimavo
Bandaranaike appointed Dr Badi-ud-din Mahmood as the education minister.
The minister said he will help Zahira College like he helped other
schools and appealed to old boys and parents to work for the school's
Old Boys Association president and Board of Governors chairman Fowzul
Hameed said Zahira College was established in 1892 and former Principals
like Dr T B Jayah and Dr A M A Azeez have rendered a tremendous service
for the country.
He also said Zahira College has seen a growing demand for admission.
Minister Gunawardena and guest of honour and old boy Prof Tuley de Silva
handed over prizes to the winners. Guest of honour Prof Tuley de Silva
presented the N D H Abdul Gaffoor Gold Medal and Prof M T A Furkhan Gold
Medal award for Best All rounder of Year 2010 to Rizmi Rafeek and Best
All Rounder of Year 2011 to A K M Rifkan.
MP A H M Azwer, Deputy Principal Trizvi Marikkar, Vice Principals
Ananda Ponnemperuma, R.Ravindran and Malanie Gunarathne, members of the
Board of Governors, old boys, parents and students were present.