The long walk to reconciliation

  • 9 Sep 2009 23:19:47 GMT

    [While the inclusion of Tamil in the school curriculum was done sometime ago one did not see tuition posters by Tamil language tutors at least in that part of Colombo earlier. One only hopes that more and more would feel secure to advertise, of course not on school walls.]

    all private and government schools should have made Tamil Language a mandatory subject to learn. not just basic Tamil but advanced reading writing and speaking.... true it was included but it needs to spread and it should make it mandatory to pass tamil language in exams... ..

  • 10 Sep 2009 02:33:21 GMT

    SPETNAZ,

    At one stage, I too favoured the idea of making Tamil compulsory for Sinhala students and v.v. However, I have since changed my reading on this and this now appears to me as nothing more than an act to make us `feel good` about ourselves. Tamil student learning Sinhala is one thing. They live in a country where the majority speaks Sinhala. However, Sinhalas are unlikely to put a decent effort to learn Tamil unless the surrounding environment make them to do so.

    People in general (as oppose to certain individuals) do not learn languages as a hobby. They will not learn a language unless there is a demand. If the majority of Sinhalas can carry on their day to day lives not knowing Tamil, they are unlikely to learn Tamil. That is the human nature. Any money spent on teaching them Tamil will not be any different to the money spent on purchasing air conditioners for Eskimos.

  • 10 Sep 2009 06:06:54 GMT

    [Any money spent on teaching them Tamil will not be any different to the money spent on purchasing air conditioners for Eskimos.]

    and the salaries and perks paid to 101 ministers and 68 advisers to the president.

  • 10 Sep 2009 21:50:39 GMT

    OMG it`s R`kolla!

    I am so happy that you are still there alive and kicking.

    Hey , be on and off the LNP man! We all miss you.

  • 10 Sep 2009 23:01:52 GMT

    Mucha,

    you have given some good points... quoting one of your points

    [Sinhalas are unlikely to put a decent effort to learn Tamil unless the surrounding environment make them to do so.]

    I firmly believe the GOSL should take steps to make sure that both languages are used in SL....it might take some time but this will be a good move I guess in the long run....