Child-friendly primary schools countrywide - Basil
Five thousand primary schools countrywide will be developed as child
friendly schools concurrent to the 1,000 secondary schools programme.
In the first stage of the project 1,783 primary schools will be
developed under a programme launched next month, said Economic
Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa addressing the GA's conference held
at SLIDA Colombo on July 26.
Minister Rajapaksa said: "The 1,000 secondary schools are
re-established and 5,000 primary schools developed to realize knowledge
centred development targets as part of making Sri Lanka a global
economic hub envisaged by the Mahinda Chinthana future vision.
"Under these programmes students will be provided the foundation to
develop their skills. Children who completed primary education
successfully entered secondary schools. Therefore, primary school
students should be given the opportunity to an education in a happy
atmosphere with healthcare and protection.
"When 5,000 primary schools are developed as child friendly schools
it is essential to provide basic needs.
It eliminates competition in admissions to prestigious schools"
Minister Rajapaksa said.
At the conference held under the patronage of Education Minister
Bandula Gunawardena and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa
the responsibility of implementing primary school nurturing and
development programme was entrusted to the Economic Development
Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne,
Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene and Disaster Management
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera were also present.