A toast to Bhasuru and co.
Three little kids from
relatively unknown schools have made headlines with their
phenomenal success at the Grade 5 scholarship examination.
Bhasuru Weerakoon, a student of Thakshila scored 200 out of
200 at the exam while Dinukshi Chalindi of Hanwella John Bosco
and Asitha Mahesh de Silva of Sri Pathi MV scored 196 each.
This certainly is no mean achievement and would certainly be
a shot in the arm of the education authorities which had taken a
lot of flak in recent times over alleged deterioration of
standards of our education and the education system itself, not
to mention being plagued by teacher strikes.
The achievement of the trio we hope would act as a beacon for
others of their age to follow suit, for a Third World country
like Sri Lanka cannot move forward without an educated and
We hope that every mother and father would commend this
achievement to their children so that it may egg them on to
emulate their feat. Interviewed by the media, the trio said they
never attended tuition classes nor overly stretched themselves
by burning the midnight oil so to speak.
Coming hot on the heels of the deplorable results at the last
GCE Ordinary Level examination the education authorities can
derive some consolation that the cupboard is not exactly bare of
talent. But there is no way knowing exactly how many such
children with similar talent and genius languish in isolation
without an opportunity to demonstrate their cerebral prowess due
to various factors.
We often come across reports in the media of the schools
being closed down due to poor attendance and the unfeasibilty of
Certain rural schools don't have teachers let alone
facilities. There is also a dearth of quality English teachers
while the contrast between city and rural schools still sticks
out like a sore thumb.
The unprecedented achievement of these kids should open the
eyes of the education authorities to set things right so that
the country could draw from the vast reservoir of talent that is
today languishing in hibernation.
The achievement of the trio from these relatively unknown
schools also goes on to demonstrate that there is nothing that
cannot be achieved with perseverance, application and due
diligence and would hopefully egg on those in other fields or
disciplines to achieve excellence. We earnestly hope it rub on
the students of their age to yearn for similar attainments.
Their achievement may just be the tip of the iceberg of the
vast untapped talent lying waste in our midst. There is no way
of ascertaining for certain the inborn talents and genius that
may have been lost to the country as a result of the on going
The Education Ministry should lose no time in conducting a
survey to find out the amount of children of school going age
who have missed out on an education not only due to the conflict
but also other factors such as poverty.
No stone should be left unturned to harness the talents of
these unfortunates who have been denied their basic rights to an
education due to no fault of theirs.
Although the Ministry is striving hard to bring rural schools
on par with popular schools, disparities that still exist in
relation to infrastructure facilities and the quality of
Attention should also be given to develop the physiological
aspect of the child for added results. Above all immediate steps
should be taken to get all children of school going age into the
mainstream of education so that the country could boast of a
quality and educated populace.