'Large funds allocated for education in North'
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has allocated large funds for the
development of education and educational infrastructure in the country,
especially in the Northern region, said Traditional Industries and Small
Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda.
He was speaking at the opening ceremonies at Vadamarachchi Zonal
Education office complex and building complexes of Vadamarachchi Girls'
Central College, Pt Pedro, Siththi Vinayagar College and Pt Pedro
Methodist College recently.
All newly opened building complexes are two storeyed and each
consists of a library, a training section, a laboratory, classrooms,
etc. They have been constructed at a cost of Rs 60 million.
Vadamarachchi Girls' Central College building complex was constructed
at a cost of Rs 5.6 million and the Vadamarachchi Zonal Education Office
at Rs 24.6 million. The cost of construction of Siththi Vinyagar College
building and Methodist College building stood at Rs 9.8 million and Rs
19 million. All these buildings have facilities catering to modern
teaching methods. The funds for construction are from allocations by the
Northern Provincial Council under Uthuru Vasanthaya programme.
The minister said the education system was almost completely
destroyed during the war period and with concerted efforts taken by the
President and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and
assistance of Northern Governor Major General G A Chandrasiri, it is now
possible to put education in the North back on track.
The minister added that whenever a proposal for a development project
was submitted to the President, he never hesitated but allocated
adequate funds for the completion of projects.
The minister said the officials of the Vadamarachchi Zonal Education
Office underwent a lot of difficulties due to the lack of a permanent
office and now they could look forward to working without any
inconvenience. The second phase of this project too would commence soon,
the minister added.
Speaking at the ceremony held at Methodist College, Minister
Devananda said the school has done a great service to the education
sector of our country in the past 125 years in producing eminent
doctors, engineers and artistes. The new building of the school opened
on that day was a mark of appreciation by the President for the
commendable service the school had extended to the society.
The minister promised school authorities to provide the college band
with musical instruments and other implements including chairs for the
Vadamarachchi Zonal Education Director Nanda Gopal said it was
because of Minister Devananda's hard work that they were able to get the