Electronic tablets: Prez not agreeable

19 June 2019 04:02 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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President Maithripala Sirsiena Sirisena has once again registered his protest to Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam over the plan to distribute free electronic tablets among schoolchildren.

The government has decided to spend Rs.2,275 million for this project but however, the President was of the view that a pilot project should be carried out first.

At yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, he had asked why the minister was going ahead with the project despite his call to first carry out a pilot project and requested for more time to give his observation on this project.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had expressed support of the project mooted by the Education Minister, who hopes to distribute nearly 189,000 tablets. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • ET Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:15 AM

    Though I do not agree with Presidets recent moves, a pilot project is a must in any initiative of this nature.

    Jude Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:27 AM

    Sounds like minister holding shares of SAMSUNG !??? Or local distributor/Agent related to him !!!???

    Dilshan Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:58 AM

    Before distributing tablets, please ensure that all schools are not crumbling/ safe for pupils to attend. Reference to school in Trinco! Let's get the basics right first!!

    Kumara Dharmarathne Wednesday, 19 June 2019 05:27 AM

    President got to learn a lot about modern world and advance way of education. President's protest over distribution of free tablets to school children, clearly shows that he has never used a tablet in his life.

    Rajitha Wednesday, 19 June 2019 05:51 AM

    The 20,000 imported cattle proved useless. It would have been prevented if there was a pilot project beforehand.

    Sunil Wednesday, 19 June 2019 08:43 AM

    Our country will never make progress for as long as this fool remains the President.He is an unbearable burden on our country.

    Man Wednesday, 19 June 2019 10:11 AM

    @Dilshan; Quite correct. Most schools don't have furniture and safe buildings.

    Mano Wednesday, 19 June 2019 10:43 AM

    Please inform us about students selected for ivy league universities this year as promised in the budget.


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