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Presidential Advisor and Coordinator of the Presidential Initiative for a Trilingual Sri Lanka Sunimal Fernando said people had requested for the government to set up a trilingual police system at the earliest time possible. “They don’t want ethnic Tamil people in the North and Sinhala people in the South." he said.

The Presidential Secretariat said yesterday that when people were requested to send in their recommendations to be added in the country’s ten year trilingual national plan one of the suggestions that stood out was the people’s interest in changing the Sri Lankan Police Force into a strictly trilingual based one.
 
He said another recommendation was to change language teaching methods in the country. “We were informed that people find it difficult to learn Sinhala, Tamil and English due to the outdated methods practiced in the country as opposed to methods practiced abroad where language is taught through activities,” he said.
 
He said that only 1.5% of the public sector receives training in the second language for a year. “To train the public service at the present rate of progress in bilingual training it would take about 100 years. This is the state of language use in Sri Lanka right now,” he said.
 
The Presidential Secretariat has called on the public to send their comments and suggestions to the council. (Olindhi Jayasundera)
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  • Rohan Peiris Thursday, 06 October 2011 02:32 PM

    An EXCELLENT recommendation by Presidential Advisor Mr. Sunimal Fernando. I do hope for the sake of this lovely country of ours that it will be implemented sooner rather than later. Knowing of Mr. Fernando's capbilities in other areas, I think he can have it efficiently in place if there is no undue vested interests coming into play from some politicians and other parties.

    Pokiri Thursday, 06 October 2011 03:17 PM

    This sounds marvelous. But can we know who these people who has requested this. Has there been a survey conducted. If so, by whom, when and how was this conducted. There is no transperency in this.

    marcus fernando Thursday, 06 October 2011 03:24 PM

    Cograts Sunil. If we go back to the earlier system, that is all groups in one classroom. How nice is that.Irrespective of races friends will be made and their languages will be automatically learnt and respected.leading to a cosmopolition situation.

    Tony Jesudason Thursday, 06 October 2011 07:04 AM

    A very good idea.

    V.VIJAYARATNAM Thursday, 06 October 2011 07:15 AM

    Trilingual language IS A MUST to all Sri Lankans.. This should start from grade one in all schools and must be COMPULSORY
    Let us start from 2012.
    Better late than never..

    Dano navaratnam Thursday, 06 October 2011 06:56 PM

    WILL the government study it and implement as a solution to
    sri lankan 'racial' issues.

    Thank you.

    Bitter Truth Thursday, 06 October 2011 08:31 AM

    yes good idea. To inscript some law/theory into books very easy. As last time, president when he was addressing the people on the victory day (2009), he clearly pointed out that there are no differences between comunities but only one NATION, Srilanka. Very good point. From that day, have we come together? or more devided than earlier? Does any one got any kind of plan to do things? Any one there who love the country among rulers? Who is responsible and for what? So many unanswered questions loom.

    SL Thursday, 06 October 2011 08:45 AM

    great ,we've this requirement in our constitution but not practicing.
    yet better start atleast by now

    Oyage sudu kella Thursday, 06 October 2011 08:53 AM

    Long overdue matter.

    Chenamana Thursday, 06 October 2011 09:03 AM

    so there is no solutions to the Tamils problem for another 12 years.

    mohd iqbal Thursday, 06 October 2011 09:19 AM

    welcome , praise god , very good decission , should have taken from the long time, any how this is my country wherever i go not feeling like sri lanka (even though working in Doha ) thanks . good luck .

    Rosh Thursday, 06 October 2011 09:34 AM

    At this rate, we dont need a Police at all !!!

    Balasundaram K Thursday, 06 October 2011 09:43 AM

    Worthy attempt by Mr. Sunimal Fernando. If we have few more Senor Officer like him it will not take too long to see one Sri Lanka and all are children of Mother Lanka. Let strengthen the hands of Mr Sunimal Fernando ih his novel idea.

    Mathan Thursday, 06 October 2011 10:15 AM

    Police language is different. It is not Tamil, English or Sinhala. People with power and without power! We need independent police, judicial commission and abolish these executive centralized system!

    Shaik Anwar Ahamath Thursday, 06 October 2011 10:23 AM

    Surely any employment should be purely on merit and one's ethnicity, nor gender nor sexual orientation should be considered. The three main languages - Sinhalese, Tamil and English should be taught in all our schools and public service employees should be able to converse in all three, even faltingly.


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