'rincipals of Ananda, Kingswood interdicted

  • 6 Apr 2005 20:21:24 GMT

    This is an eye opener for educational reforms in our country. So much competition to enter prestigious schools through free education system when other schools country wide had been neglected. Parents want their children to go to these schools for their name.Almost every kid who goes to these schools still take private tuition after school. Of course other schools do not have play grounds ,swimming pools and other extra curricular activities. Like the free higher education only a limited is given all the privileges in education.

    The country needs educational reforms badly and I hope our members change their topics from Nationalism ,Racism, and Terrorism to education again. Will continue to post my views on this subject having had my primary and secondary education in one of the prestigious schools in the country.

  • 6 Apr 2005 20:53:27 GMT

    //Snap

  • 6 Apr 2005 21:08:30 GMT

    IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT THE CULPRITS WHO TARNISH THE NAMES OF THIS OUTSTANDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO TASK.

    However, This is Sri Lanka.

    The question to address is `Has this been happening only in those two educational institutions?, and, for how long?`

    Has these things been happening in our country? What a surprise?

    Can anyone take a count of distingushed old Anandians, Nalandians, Royalists (...and so on) who were frustratingly incapable of sending their sons to their own Alma Mater - just because of these malpractices?

    Where have those authorities been all these years?

    How appropriate for our beloved President to step in at this crucial hour and take prompt action? How correct? How encouraging? How transparent a president?

    Or, have those educational institutions done anything to earn the wrath of the executive

    Or, do the two principals belong to an opposition political party?

    Or, was any politician failed to admit a henchman`s son into one of these institutions?

  • 7 Apr 2005 00:55:41 GMT

    Madam Chandrika , What s the system Vimukthi tried to enter Royal College , I thought nearest to Rosmede Place is DS senanayake college

  • 7 Apr 2005 02:57:50 GMT

    These elite Government schools in cities like Colombo and Kandy had improved facilities significantly not by government funding but the active participation of the Old boys and girls of these schools. The incentive to support these schools is that their children could also go to the same school and receive all the advantages than the children of other schools of the country. It had become a vicious cycle that the products of these prestigious schools consider only improving those schools but had never discussed about the rest of the country. If so thousands and thousands of professionals could have requested the government to improve the quality of the education , raise the standards in the schools else where in the country. Unequal development of the country also make these professionals stay in big cities which have better schools.Well to do Business community in other parts of the country would send their children to established private schools in Colombo or Kandy. Politicians can send their children to best schools in the country government or private. A significant contribution to school fund opens the gate for these kids in private schools. Now the rich has another option the international schools.

    Underfunding of the education sector is not a new problem to developing countries. This had been the case since the western type of education system introduced to our country, though free education introduced after independence had made a huge difference, thanks to which our country has a very high literacy rate close to 95% to day. How ever the discrepancy in the standard of education in few big cities and the rest of the country remains the same over the last 50 years. This is the very reason that the university admission is not purely by merit(40%) but by 55% district wise standardization is implemented . This shows that more than half of the country does not have good education system that children could compete freely.

    As we know only 15% of the students are able to receive higher education from those who are qualified to enter universities. This is where these elite schools come to play a major role again. They have a better chance in getting employment in private sector as well as in the armed forces as officers. Whilst a student from a rural area enlist to the army as a soldier, a student from a prestigious school even with lesser qualification is recruited as a cadet to become an officer. This is the reality.

    So who do we blame for this discrepancy? Reading the news article we can blame the Principles of Ananda College and Kingswood college for being corrupt, but it would not solve the problem . What about the government? How much a government can allocate from the budget to improve education ,bring the standards of the peripheral schools to those of big cities? Not much. So how do we do that?

    I think that it is the time that the public now take some responsibilities to improve our country. The country has to reform it`s Tax code. The government sector who does not pay tax needs to make their contribution now. Let us take some examples. Doctors in the government sector get highest salaries, but they do not pay income tax on their government salaries but pay only from their private practice income. This is only one example. So if for instance 500,000 government sector employees could contribute 100Rs per year (Rs 8.30 per month)for an education fund to improve the free education system of the periphery of the country it could come to 50 million RS per year. Since I am not an economist or a statistician my numbers about the government sector or how much to be taxed may not be correct but it is some thing to think about.

  • 7 Apr 2005 05:27:54 GMT

    As a leader of a country when it is necessary, leader has to go to war. Sri lankans always get a leader a ponnaya with no back bone or a stupid woman with no back bone. where are the hero`s.Come on people wake up.

  • 7 Apr 2005 17:02:15 GMT

    bravo, your Excellency president

    Thumbs up,wipe out corruption,nepotism and racism

  • 8 Apr 2005 04:52:17 GMT

    HEY MADAM,

    HEY.......HOWMANY TIMES YOU PHONED TO PRINCIPLE OF ROYAL COLLEGE TO ADMIT CHILDREN OF YOUR FRIENDS....HAHAHAHA

  • 8 Apr 2005 04:54:15 GMT

    MADAM, DO YOU WANT THE LIST OF STUDENTS ADMITTED TO ROYAL COLLEGE FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS AND DO A INVESTIGATION???????????

  • 8 Apr 2005 16:28:12 GMT

    Noel,

    She has been trying to do something good for sometime now. The key word is TRYING. Nothing has happened so far. Because she may have all good intentions but she is simply incapable.

    When did you last see a capable Bandaranaike mate?