Ban tuition classes on Sundays: Cardinal Ranjith

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Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday said he had requested President Maithripala Sirisena in writing to ban tuition classes on Sundays at least for several hours.

Cardinal Ranjith who was addressing the Catholic Teachers Day programme at St Joseph’s College Colombo last morning said he had written to President Maithripala Sirisena requesting him to ban tuition classes on Sundays at least for several hours.

“I wrote to President recently and made this request as I have found out that children do not have the time to go to temple or two the Church on Sundays because of tuition classes,” he said.

“I have seen school children in uniform at bus stands with their books even during late hours. Even small children in grade four or five go to tuition classes today.

“We during our childhood used to run to the playground straight after school but today children go to tuition classes. They do not get a chance to enjoy their childhood because of busy lifestyles they lead today,” he added.

Further, Cardinal Ranjith said the school van mafia, which prevails today puts extra pressure on parents who are already carrying a heavy burden on funding their children’s education. These school vans he said charged heavy fees.

The head of the Sri Lankan Church also said schools and teachers face more challenges today than ever before when it comes to bringing up citizens with good moral values. (Yohan Perera)

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  • nadarajah Sunday, 05 November 2017 06:50 AM

    this is a free country and religious leaders or for that matter any one should not interfere on matters affecting individual freedom

    Dotard Sunday, 05 November 2017 07:52 PM

    Why didn't he try this during MR's reign?

    ceylon Sunday, 05 November 2017 07:36 AM

    cardinal look after religious matters.tution is education.he is trying to waste the time of children uselessly. via DM Android App

    Wise Donkey Monday, 06 November 2017 09:38 AM

    Is tuition prohibited in any religion to keep away from it?

    ANTON Sunday, 05 November 2017 07:47 AM

    WE CATHOLICS , LEARNT OUR RELIGION NOT FROM THE CHURCH BUT FROM THE SCHOOL....... SO LET CHILDREN STUDY FIRST , WHENEVER THEY LIKE.

    Mohan Sunday, 05 November 2017 08:49 AM

    Non-sense!

    Sharon Sunday, 05 November 2017 11:47 AM

    A very good request Rev. Sir. We are with you in this...

    atheist Sunday, 05 November 2017 12:47 PM

    God save the students then..

    ME Monday, 06 November 2017 09:47 AM

    atheist, So you pray to GOD? Allow me to complete your sentence..God save the students then from all types of mafias.

    Casanova Monday, 06 November 2017 10:39 AM

    hehehe

    Adahan Sunday, 05 November 2017 12:58 PM

    The request should have been to the children asking them not to arrange tuition on Sunday.

    Ganesh Sunday, 05 November 2017 02:44 PM

    Unlike the previous period ,nowadays the syllabuses are very wide so the students have to go for additional classes . It is generally said that at schools ,the students are not taught properly due to lack of talented teachers .

    Rohan Sunday, 05 November 2017 05:20 PM

    Whole education system in Sri Lanka becomes useless now. Private tuition, van transportation and so many businesses attached to today's education. But any of these extra education methods does help the individual or the country? I don't think so. The standard of professionals produced in Sri Lanka are very poor now in terms of their professional ability and in terms of their professional conduct.

    Critique Sunday, 05 November 2017 05:44 PM

    It,s quite absurd. Please don't interfere with educational matters.

    Dhammika Sunday, 05 November 2017 06:01 PM

    TRUE .

    Mason Sunday, 05 November 2017 06:39 PM

    During our school days in 1950/60 we never attended tuition classes. These classes were far and few and only VERY WEAK students had special tuition. The Teachers themselves were dedicated and made students wait after school to explain lessons further where necessary. Today almost EVERY student is attending tuition classes, due to insufficient coaching during regular class hours.

    ANTON Monday, 06 November 2017 11:39 AM

    NO... THE MAIN REASON MUST BE THE COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE STUDENTS ARE COMPELLED TO GET HIGHER MARKS THAN THE OTHERS.

    karigalan Sunday, 05 November 2017 06:46 PM

    Its a fee country i agreeBut School should play more role than now. if kids learn from school they will have more time to focus on sports and other activities than just going for only academic activities

    Ben Sunday, 05 November 2017 06:52 PM

    Pay better wages to the teachers and improve school conditions, so the teachers will do a better job, during the school hours.Sorry. I found out many or all government schools do not fail any student untill they come to the O levl class, Now with the new arrangement they can also say they sat for A levels.Why these parents are killing them selves about tution.

    observer Sunday, 05 November 2017 06:57 PM

    If it should be ban, it should be welfare for the school children and not for the sake of the religion.The schools and the teachers should make sure the children are able to cover the material during the school hours

    Atheist Sunday, 05 November 2017 07:49 PM

    Why Sunday? We are born free. We should be able to do what we want on any day of the week.

    Lokka Monday, 06 November 2017 06:53 AM

    This is a very good idea. Pl. respect Rev. Sir'sadvoce. But the tuition mafia will object.

    Hiran Monday, 06 November 2017 10:09 AM

    Will he ban priests collecting money from hapless worshippers as well. Why cant someone who spends his or her money do what they want as long as it is legal ?

    AJ Monday, 06 November 2017 12:05 PM

    The Cardinal highlighted school transporters as a Mafia, but they provide a valuable service ensuring safety of the the children.The Cardinal forgot to mention the Mafia of school administrators who forcibly taxes parents beyond reasonable capacity for donations, ticket books, sponsorship, etc.? The Cardinal forgets how many such school administrations fall under him?


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