With a variety of changes:
Leadership training for varsity qualified to commence - Minister
S B Dissanayake
The annual leadership training programme for students who had
qualified to enter universities, would commence on May 28, 2012 with a
number of changes, Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake said.
Higher Education Minister
S B Dissanayake
"We were to inform the students who had been selected by letter for
the first part of the leadership training programme this year by
obtaining the highest results at the G.C.E.(A/L) Examination. We clearly
note that these letters to follow the leadership training programme or
providing certificates would not be a qualification to enter to
universities," the minister said.
The first programme of "Leadership Training" for students was
conducted last year.
A number of allegations had been made by some students and certain
parties with vested interests, who were against this training programme.
All measures are in place to commence the leadership training
programme this year, with several changes initiated, while paying
attention to those allegations, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr.
Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne said.
"Measures have also been taken to reduce the physical training
exercise programme. Accordingly, the morning physical training programme
has been toned down," he said.
"Measures have already been taken to increase the interval period
between training periods and to assign university lecturers as much as
possible to conduct lectures which had been earlier conducted by Army
instructors," he added.
Measures have also been taken to hold the Leadership Training
Programme at 28 army camps islandwide, while over10,000 students will
participate in the training programme this year.
When the training programme was introduced, certain parties, such as
student activists, lecturers' unions and several political parties tried
to create a conflict situation in the university system.That type of
situation would not arise again, as necessary changes have been
initiated prior to commencement of the new training programme," Dr.