By Sandun A Jayasekera
Even though our children are traditionally disciplined in school, with the interference of the concept of human rights and fundamental rights into the school system the role played by teachers in building a better future for our children has changed, President Maithripala Sirisena observed.
The President made these remarks while participating in the 100th Anniversary celebrations of Kokawala Central College in Matara on Monday (11).
President Sirisena, expressing his ideas further, said that the child should get proper guidance and love at home as well as at school and if this does not happen, they are in danger of getting addicted to social menaces such as drugs, alcohol and sometimes even get involved in criminal activities.
The students of the school warmly welcomed the President when he arrived at the venue. He vested the Primary Learning Resource Centre built at the school under the ‘Nearest School is the Best School National Programme,’ with the students at which time he was able to witness the children engaging in various
activities at the centre.
The President did not forget to place floral tributes on the photographs of his former school teachers, Mr. Sirisena Wijesiriwardena and Ms. Kusuma Wijesiriwardena.
The President also laid the foundation stone for the proposed fully-equipped sports pavilion at the school.
The President also made a donation towards its construction.
Matara, Hambantota, Sangha Nayake, Chief Incumbent of the Puhulwella Kirinda Poorwarama Pirivena Ven. Aparekka Himarathana Thera, Southern Governor Ranjith Keerthi Thennakoon, Education Minister of the South Province, Chandima Rasaputhra, Southern Province, Manoj Sirisena, Specialist Dr. Bandula Wijesiriwardhana, school principle R.M.R. Bandara and teachers, parents and well-wishers also took part in the event.