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I will not put the blame for conspiracies launched in an uncivilized political climate on university students, said President Maithripala Sirisena in Polonnaruwa yesterday.

He further said that a certain group was trying to portray the government as one that creates an unjust situation for medical students at Government Universities by withdrawing their privileges, pruning free education and trying to mislead them.

The President made this point while addressing a function held at the Polonnaruwa Lankapura Maha Vidyalaya.

Speaking further the President said that while around 250, 000 students sit the Advanced Level Examination every year only about 90, 000 qualify to enter university and out of that only about 25, 000 are admitted to local universities. In order to realize their dreams the balance students go abroad spending huge sums of money in the process.

He emphasised the fact that it was because of this that private universities should also be established in our country to offer quality education according to the standards set by the government so as to ensure that the standards are the same in both these universities and government universities alike.

Every year about 80, 000 students are forced to go abroad for their higher education, and their parents, who are in low income groups, even mortgage their properties to make this dream a reality.

The government has taken a stand that even a non-government university should be allowed to operate according to the standards accepted by the government and during the discussions I had with the university students on the SAITM issue we agreed to make several changes to the courses offered at this institution as requested by them, the President said. (K.G Karunarathne)

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  • sas Friday, 23 June 2017 12:12 PM

    There should be a competition between private and public universities. Healthy competition brings better standard of education for all.The GMOA and student federations trying to suppress this vital fact.

    Y A Hapalan Friday, 23 June 2017 01:04 PM

    Put the blame on Rajapakshas as usual. That's the easy way to solve problems in Yahapalanaya.

    truth Friday, 23 June 2017 01:13 PM

    I think president has make the policy statement reg the private Universities. Well said sir.Students have become pawns of political parties. They do not care what happens to their education. They only want destruction of the education and the country.Take stern action against the so called student leaders who using Uni students for their political advantage.

    B S Perera Friday, 23 June 2017 01:41 PM

    Yes. How can you blame the (so called) cream of the country although they follow their political masters like buffaloes?

    Simon Friday, 23 June 2017 09:39 AM

    Spine made of Gummy Bears.

    ANTON Friday, 23 June 2017 09:45 AM

    YES SIR, ... THEY HAVE ALREADY PLAYED JOKERS , THIS IS THEIR FINAL TRUMP ........ " THE SAITEM"

    Art Friday, 23 June 2017 09:53 AM

    When private institutions are there for all fields - serving those capable students whom state universities can, why not for medical also? This is His Excellency's crux. Well said sir. We are with you, Pl take stringent measures to quell GMOA terrorism.

    TONY Saturday, 24 June 2017 10:37 AM

    PLS DO NOT TREAT THEM LIGHTLY. CALL THEM AND GIVE A GOOD BEATING

    Wijebahu Friday, 23 June 2017 09:58 AM

    You need to take stern action against them without giving a bana sermon.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 23 June 2017 09:59 AM

    Can you do something that is of purpose to this country without talking all the time rubbish.

    SHM Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:54 AM

    Democracy in its true form cannot be implemented in Sri Lanka. We need someone like Vladimir Putin or a Mahathir Mohamed.If China had not suppressed student protests at the Tienanmen in 1989, it would not have become an economic power.

    Kumara Dharmarathne Friday, 23 June 2017 10:04 AM

    Prez,Ok,Don't blame university students, but we hardly see you taking any action against the group behind the university students. This is not a healthy situation.

    ceylon Friday, 23 June 2017 05:09 PM

    when you talk people now get angry.better shut up. via DM Android App


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