Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse on Saturday paid a courtesy call on the Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter Most Ven. Thibotuwe Sri Sumangala Mahanayake Thera after attending the oil anointing ceremony held at the Natha Devale premises told the media that officials should be more careful in dealing with school principals and schools and the prevailing conditions should be discussed with the President.
Speaking further, the Prime Minister said that the present situation would be decisive for the future of the whole country and looking at the present system of higher education several major problems could be foreseen. He said that when one considers the number of students who pass examinations or the number of students who enter university, those who pass either English or Mathematics are very few and these are the present problems facing education.
The Prime Minister added that with so many problems in the field of education, the new admission system could have problems regarding admission to 46 national schools. He also said that there was nothing wrong in getting assistance from old boys associations and parents for extra curricular activities and if any limitations are to be imposed the extra curricular activities would decrease. He emphasised that if the Government afford schools swimming pools and assistance in cricket, rugger and football there would be no problem in imposing limitations.
The Prime Minister citing an example said that Royal College has 8000 students and 400 teachers and there is no other organization managing such large numbers. Administering such an institution is a huge task where lapses in administration is possible he said.