President Maithripala Sirisena said the only clear and sustainable solution for the competition among parents to admit their children to popular schools, is to equip schools in the villages with all facilities.

The government, which is working according to that policy, has taken many steps to develop rural schools, the President said.

He made these remarks participating in a ceremony to open the educational exhibition held at St. Anthony’s College, Baddegama, organized in parallel to the opening of a technical section at the College as well as to mark its 100th Anniversary, on Saturday.

The President said the belief of parents that the best schools are in the cities has created this competition among them. The government is committed to providing the best education for all children in the country by implementing the ‘Langama Pasala Hondama Pasala’ (Nearest School, the Best School) project successfully, the President said.

Expressing his views regarding the development of the Baddegama city, he said there is a necessity for a more comprehensive programme regarding town planning and beautifying the environment.

President Sirisena said after consulting the people’s representatives in the area about proposals in this regard, the government is expected to allocate funds for this purpose.

After unveiling the plaque, the President vested the newly built two-storey technological section and laboratory with the students and joined in presenting awards to students who showed outstanding performance at national and international level.College Principal H. G. Indrajith presented a memento to the President. The President later opened the Educational and Trade Exhibition.

Members of the Maha Sangha, priests, sisters, Ministers Gayantha Karunathilaka, Chandima Weerakkody, Deputy Minister Nishantha Mutuhettigama, Southern Province Governor, Hemakumara Nanayakkara, Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva, Southern Province Education Minister Chandima Rasaputhra, Vijayapala Hettiarachchi MP, Bandula Lal Bandarigoda MP and others participated.

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