President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday said discipline in schools was deteriorating fast and thugs were ruling university hostels.
Addressing a ceremony in Badulla to mark the laying of the foundation stone for the Uva Wellassa University, the President said the standards at most schools and universities had deteriorated drastically.
?When students in big schools get defeated when they play matches with others they drive knives into the opponents bodies. Most university hostels have become havens for thugs,? the President said. ?There is no coexistence among school children. Instead of playing together, today we see Sinhala and Tamil children divided into Sinhala and Tamil cricket teams. The situation is worse in universities.
The campus hostels are havens for thugs. The University situated in the area represented by Education Deputy Minister Dinesh Gunawardena is worse than others with hostilities reported regularly. Among them are some who are connected to a certain political party. This has now become a headache,? the President said attributing the cause to the socio- political situation created after 1977.
?As the President and Education Minister I request the people to protect the Uva Wellassa University like a gem,? she said.