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Guruthalawa: SLRC brings school to home

Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma launches ‘Guruthalawa’ while SLRC Chairman Reginald Cooray and others look on.
Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma launches ‘Guruthalawa’ while SLRC Chairman Reginald Cooray and others look on.

The Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) commenced a series of programmes titled ‘Guruthalawa’ to teach schoolchildren from September 23 under the guidance of Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma and SLRC Chairman Reginald Cooray, Deputy Director - Publicity and Media, SLRC, Nilar N. Cassim said.

According to Cassim, for the first time in Sri Lankan television history, popular tuition masters take part in a television telecast to provide free tuition for schoolchildren through ‘Guruthalawa’. The programme focuses on conducting revision sessions for Advanced Level (A/L) students covering the 10 most popular subjects in all streams, which are being studied by the highest number of students across the country.

He pointed out that the revision classes are telecast over the SLRC on weekdays from 2 pm to 4 pm with the participation of popular tuition masters in Sri Lanka. Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, Sinhala, Combined Mathematics, Biology, IT, Economics, Business Studies and Political Science are covered by tuition masters such as Dr. Gunapala Rathnasekara, Dr. Manjula Ranasinghe, Bandara Dissanayake, Tharindu Vithanage, Hasitha Madhusanka, Dushyantha Mahabaduge, Devendra Silva, Miginda Rathnayake, Chamal Iddagoda, Prabuddha Shrimal, Ranil Prabhath and Sajith Kelum. There is a huge competition among A/L students to obtain a place in their private tuition classes.

In addition to ‘Guruthalawa’, the SLRC telecasts ‘Gurugedara’ from 4 am to 12 midnight every day through Channel Eye (Nethra) in both Sinhala and Tamil languages covering all grades and subjects, he said.

The ‘Jathika Pasala’ (National School) is being telecast over the SLRC on weekdays from 5 am to 6 am for Ordinary Level students. The ‘Nena Mihira’ programme is being telecast every Monday from 5 pm to 6 pm for Grade 5 scholarship students and this programme is live streamed from Tuesday to Thursday every week, he said.

Since the day the SLRC commenced transmission in 1982, priority has always been given to telecast educational and non-formal educational programmes according to a request made by Japan which donated the SLRC to Sri Lanka, Cassim said.

The SLRC conducts all educational programmes in coordination with the National Institute of Education (NIE) and all teachers are popular Government teachers who teach in state schools. All teaching programmes are telecast in both Sinhala and Tamil languages. The teaching programme ‘Jathika Pasala’ commenced almost a decade ago, he said.

The SLRC started its 16-hour teaching programme for schoolchildren following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020. Educational programmes are telecast on Channel Eye every day except on Poya Days. All schoolchildren in Sri Lanka, no matter whether they receive online education or not, are benefited from these educational programmes that are being telecast over the SLRC day and night, allocating many commercial hours, he pointed out.

All students who obtain island ranks every year in the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination watch ‘Nena Mihira’. They are also invited and interviewed by the SLRC in order to give due recognition for their talents. A question paper collection named ‘Nena Mihira’ is available for a low price at all bookshops islandwide for the use of Grade 5 students. There is a huge demand for this collection of question papers, he added.

Addressing the launching ceremony of ‘Guruthalawa’, SLRC Chairman Reginald Cooray said the SLRC completes 40 years next year and it always gives the priority for providing knowledge for the people respecting one of the requests made by Japan when the SLRC was donated to Sri Lanka four decades ago. The SLRC has been providing education for children since April last year spending 18 hours per day. With the launch of ‘Guruthalawa’, all children will receive education no matter whether they have mobile phones, signals or receive online education or not. Tuition masters have made education a public property by contributing to ‘Guruthalawa’.

SLRC Director General Bandara Heenkenda and all popular tuition masters who conduct tuition classes at ‘Guruthalawa’ and several others were also present.

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Commendable step – Media Minister

Addressing the launching ceremony of ‘Guruthalawa’, Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the SLRC commenced ‘Guru Gedara’ shortly after the very first lockdown in March last year as the first possible step to provide free education for children who had been imprisoned in their own homes for months due to COVID-19.

The children showed their talent and enthusiasm by writing 42,000 books during the lockdown responding to my request made as the then Education Minister. According to this figure, one in every 100 children completed writing a book which is a landmark in Sri Lankan history, he said.

Minister Alahapperuma pointed out that the GCE Advanced Level Examination in Sri Lanka is the toughest examination of all 300 examinations conducted by the Examinations Department. Local Advanced Level Examination can be the toughest examination in the world. Today, Sri Lankan schoolchildren stand at the end of the dark tunnel of COVID-19 and the light is now visible at the end. This is one of the hardest challenges we face once in every century. It is significant to commence ‘Guruthalawa’ on the commemoration day of C.W.W. Kannangara, the Father of Free Education in Sri Lanka, he added.

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About SLRC

The Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation also known as Jathika Rupavahini (the National Television), is the National Television Network of Sri Lanka.

Established by Parliament under Act No. 6 of 1982 on February 14 for the provision of a national television service, it produces and broadcasts programmes in three languages. The SLRC is the largest television broadcaster in Sri Lanka and has an islandwide reception of its channels. The SLRC broadcasts its channels in both VHF and UHF frequencies. Currently, the network’s all services are available through analog transmission. From 2011, Kokavil transmission was started using DVB-T2 for the Northern area of Sri Lanka. Over 1,000 employees are attached to the SLRC.

In 1986, Rupavahini expanded their facilities and, in 1998, replaced most of the original equipment using digital technology under three grant aid projects from the Japanese Government. Its studio complex is in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. The complex comprises a master control room, four studios, two dubbing studios, a digital post-production unit, two analogue post-production units, several editing suites including non-linear editing, and four outside broadcast vehicles.

Rupavahini-2 which was launched in April 1999 changed its name to the current Channel Eye in August 2000.

On January 1, 2008, Channel Eye became a time-shared channel, altering the newly created Nethra TV. In 2009, a series of Rupavahini productions were made available in DVD and VCD formats under “RU Entertainments”.


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