A competitive exam that would give 1,000 of the best students, mainly from rural schools, entry to leading schools in the country, would be implemented by Ranil Wickremesinghe, if elected he is president, the UNP said yesterday.
Colombo district UNP Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena told the media that this programme would ensure that students, no matter from which part of the country they come, would get an opportunity to study at leading schools with the best facilities.
He, said that a six-year English training programme for principals and teachers would also be launched. `This would give tutors also an opportunity to brush up their knowledge of English.`
Gunawardena, said that it was the UNP that introduced free education, free school books , uniforms and mid day meals and as such they were the most qualified to speak on education.
The Presidential election manifesto of Ranil Wickremesinghe, he said, was was not drawn up in a hurry but after carefully evaluating the needs of the country
`It was in the making for over an year and was done in consultation with all sections of society`, he said.