Cadet platoons in N-E schools
Terrorism which prevailed in the country was the main barrier in
extending the National Cadet Corps (NCC) network to the Northern and
Eastern Provinces. Terrorism has been wiped out and the opportunity has
now emerged to establish cadet platoons in schools in the two provinces,
NCC Director Major General Gamini Jayasundara said.
Major General Jayasundara said the NCC will train around 40,000 new
cadets within the next four years to increase the number of cadets to
100,000 by the end of 2016.
Around 60,400 cadets receive training in 2,417 schools including
national schools. Measures are in place to setup 400 cadet platoons in
Sri Lanka. NCC battalions have expanded into 22 and four among them are
established in Jaffna, Trincomalee, Ampara and Vavuniya districts in the
Northern and Eastern provinces, he said.
“President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stressed the necessity for a cadet
platoon for each and every school in the country in the Mahinda
Chinthana future vision.
We have taken all measures to achieve this target,.” Major General
Jayasundara said. In addition to the cadet training programmes, the NCC
has made plans to hold special leadership training programmes to the
prefect boards to create disciplined youths with proper skills,
knowledge and good values, he said.