'nanda closed after protests

  • 8 Apr 2005 16:21:24 GMT

    This govt. failed to run the country. To cover those failure they do minor tinkering on non -issues. School admission is a sensitive issue but not the major issue the country is facing. Even LTTE is not the major issue. Get the economy on track and PA has been a miserable failure on that count. Why, oh why, these idiots pack up and o home?

  • 8 Apr 2005 16:22:23 GMT

    sorry I meant to say

    Why oh why dont theses idiots pack up and go home?

  • 8 Apr 2005 18:17:19 GMT

    Cunning Stunts of a Stunning C....eh ... President

  • 9 Apr 2005 00:36:28 GMT

    Buddhist school or not, bribery happens everywhere. Culprits should be caught with and dealt properly.

  • 9 Apr 2005 01:25:11 GMT

    If the facts are right, then disciplinary actions should be taken by relevant authorities to make sure that these kind of behavior will not happened again.

    But the problem here is to what extend people of SriLanka to believe those actions were took by the Government is reliable or not??? As we all know so far most of these bribery cases came from the Government higher level authorities and all the time it went in front of a commission or else and they all released as innocent!!!

    In bureaucratic politics they only do is criticized each others actions and never come up with a solution. Therefore it is very hard to believe what Mr Bandulla Gunawardane is saying, not only he is a politician but also he is very famous of changing between parties at least two times per year!(its like medicine for him)

    Finally what we have to do is consider the facts of this case and not follow these political joker`s opinions to conclude a judgment to see who`s right and who`s wrong!

    Please do not drag different religions in to these and create a big mess, because we have problems with one yet cant finish!!!

  • 9 Apr 2005 02:02:00 GMT

    The case here is, some interested parties say that this is an act to bring dishonour to prominant buddhist schools . My previous post was stated in light of this fact and RRaja has misunderstood this as an attempt to single out one religion and attacking the school concerned. He should note that Kingswood College which is not considered as a buddhist school, was also involved in this case. Hence he has failed to see the main point regarding my post.

    it is pointless to allege that famous Buddhist schools are under attack from jealous parties when such a thing happens. My point is, wherever bribery and corruption happens, the relevant authorities should take action to prevent it, and us the public should support such actions, regardless of the school concerned.

    Politicians always try to gain something out of the current situation by uttering some wisdom words. But I think, we, the public, has gone past the point of taking them seriously by now. Haven`t we?

  • 9 Apr 2005 04:39:16 GMT

    Guilty until proven innocent?? I thought this kinda crap happened only in LTTE areas......

  • 14 Apr 2005 20:04:05 GMT

    mysecondmother,(with reluctance to address you by this pseudo name)

    If you are an Anandian/Buddhist/Sinhalese you should be ashamed of your self for your posting about the discrimination of the kids around the school from Maradana ,saying that they should not get a chance to study at Ananda because they come from shanties. If Ananda could not change their life giving good education and showing the path to success irrespective of where they come from and who their parents are it is the failure of Ananda College. And I believe and wish being a product of this school that majority Anandians do not share your views .

  • 15 Apr 2005 03:24:39 GMT

    mysecondmother,

    I am proud to be an Anandian who is not narrow minded like you. With your view I find you are nothing but a racist talking about how many Sinhalese are there around the School. Anada should open doors to every body not only to Sinhalese, or Sinhalese Buddhists. ANANDA had produced great men like Dr. N.M Perera, who actively fought for the rights of the entire nation. Ananda had produced Muslim politicians like Imtiaz Bakir Marker. If Ananda had opened doors to minority Tamils giving them oportunity to study in Tamil Language whilst Singhalese studing in Sinhala, over the years we could have developed a class of Intellectuals Sinhalese and Tamils who would have prevented this ethnic issues. I am sad to see what this ANANDA had done through free education reading comments of yours who claims to be an old ANANDIAN.

    As an old Anandian ,who served the country without any discrimination to Sinhalese, Tamils and other minority groups, following are my views I posted in reference to this subject and if you did not read it please read it now. For me every child of my country irrespective of their ethnicity, religion , and social strata is important and as an Anandian my duty is not only to improve Ananda but to speak about the entire education in this country. This was the purpose of ANANDA which you all have forgotten.

    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 gates 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% standardization district wise 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.

  • 16 Apr 2005 01:48:43 GMT

    Dear Magha,

    I agree with you and respect your thinking ;-)