Science and English education which were distanced from the villages due to wrong policies are being reestablished through the Mahindodaya Schools program, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
“I am committed to ensuring that Science and English education is made available to all alike with no discrimination between town and village,” the President said at the opening of several Mahindodaya Technological Laboratories in the Badulla district on Sunday.
President Rajapaksa said disparities in the quality of education in the past had deprived many rural children of accessing quality language, technology, science and math skills.
Government efforts to develop rural education facilities and opportunities are aimed at reducing the inequality in accessing, English, technology, science and ICT services and ensure sustainable development between urban and rural communities, he added. While noting that the subject of technology has the highest demand in the world job market, the President said his government was always committed to ensuring that the benefits of technology are not limited to a privileged few.
“The addition of technological studies to the school curriculum makes learning relevant to the modern day needs and industry expectations,” he added. The President said that equipped with state-of-the-art facilities; the new laboratories include a IT lab with 40 computers, a science laboratory, mathematics laboratory, language laboratory with 20 computers and a distance education unit. He also noted that the government was strengthening free education with the establishment of Mahindodaya technological laboratories in schools for the students to meet the future needs of the country. The President said the Mahindodaya laboratories program in 1,000 schools will be further expanded in the future.
President Rajapaksa declared open the Mahindodaya laboratories in Welimada Central College, Welimada Keppetipola Maha Vidyalaya, Guruthalawa Muslim Central College, Medawela school, Ambagasdova President’s college and Alagolla Tamil Maha Vidyalaya on Sunday.