President tells newly appointed graduate teachers:
*Five harbours are coming up
simultaneously while mega-electricity projects too have been initiated
*Sri Lankans must adopt positive
approach to life, even in the face of adversity
*There is no time to relax. The words
no and can’t should not exist in our vocabulary
The country’s unemployment ratio which stood at 8.3 percent in 2008
had come down to 5.2 percent today, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
“Today five harbours are coming up in the country simultaneously
while mega-electricity projects too have been initiated. Infrastructure
too is being developed fast with rural villages being given priority in
achieving equity in development,” he said addressing 1,000 newly
appointed graduate teachers at Temple Trees yesterday.
President Rajapaksa also underlined the need for all Sri Lankans to
adopt a positive approach to life, even in the face of adversity. This,
he said will help put the country on the path of progress.
President Rajapaksa said the positive approach adopted by the
Government in the face of many an adversity had paid rich dividends in
delivering the results which the masses aspired.
Urging the new appointees to adopt this positive image, the President
said the country’s teaching fraternity should take the lead in creating
a disciplined and educated society in rebuilding a new Sri Lanka, where
all could enjoy equal rights and opportunities.
The President also noted that the teachers had to be innovative and
think out of the box in meeting the present day demands in producing a
productive citizen who loves his country.
“There is no time to relax. We should build on this victory in taking
the country forward. The words no and can’t should not exist in our
vocabulary. We as a nation have achieved feats which some had earlier
tagged as impossible, like defeating the world’s foremost terrorist
outfit. Thus if all of us get together and work as one, there is nothing
we can’t achieve,” President Rajapaksa said.
The President also pointed out that the Government had given the
public sector its due place. “When I assumed duties three years back,
there was a move to curtail the number of state sector employees to
600,000 due to external pressure. But we never allowed this, and as a
result the number today has gone beyond 1.2 million,” he said.
“We need money to develop this country. But we would never bow down
to any conditions detrimental to the working masses, laid down by
international organizations to obtain this money,” he added.
The President while observing that the Government was taking all
decisions with the future good of the Nation in mind, said that as a
result of proper planning, Sri Lanka was able to give new employment
opportunities at a time western countries were cutting down millions of
jobs due to the economic downturn.
Referring to the North and East, the President said the East was
developing fast with an initial allocation of US $ one billion. North
too would follow suit, he added.
Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said there were no political
affiliations behind the new appointments. He said the teachers would be
further trained to equip them with new syllabuses and latest teaching
methods. He also urged the new appointees to dedicate themselves to work
hard and not to seek transfers within the first five years.
According to the Education Ministry, the last budgetary allocation
for education is Rs. 21,000 million, which is only second to allocations
on defence and health.
The teaching fraternity which stood at 187,000 three years back, has
risen to 214,000 today, with 27,000 new appointees within the period.
The Ministry also plans to give 3,000 more new appointments within
this month for diploma holders from educational colleges. In addition,
around 350 graduate teachers too are expected to be appointed soon to
cater to a student population exceeding 3.9 million.