Published on: March 26, 2024

“Successful Education System Crucial for Country’s Development” – Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka

Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff stated that for a country to progress towards development, it must implement a successful education system.

He emphasized that regardless of the number of educational reforms implemented, their benefits would be limited if human resources are not managed effectively.

Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka shared these thoughts yesterday (25), during the ceremony where the newly constructed two-storey building was handed over to the students of Ilukpitiya Kanishta Vidyalaya in Kotapola, Matara.

The newly constructed building of the Ilukpitiya Kanishta Vidyalaya in Kotapola, Matara, was funded entirely by the 1981 group of the Royal College Union, Colombo with the support of the 12 Engineer Services Regiment troops.

During his visit to the school, Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka received a warm welcome from the students.

Additionally, various aesthetic events created by the students were showcased, highlighting their artistic talents.

Further elaborating his remarks, Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka stated,

The construction of this two-storey building was completed in just six months, marking a significant transformation in both the physical infrastructure and educational opportunities at the school. The dedication of the principal to these initiatives is noteworthy, and the substantial contribution of the Sri Lanka Army in constructing the building is highly appreciated.

The importance of a successful education system in driving a country towards development cannot be overstated. Without such a system in place, a nation’s success is compromised. While creating educational programs is accessible to many, the key lies in effectively managing human resources to implement these programs. Reflecting on past challenges, such as economic collapse and fuel shortages, underscores the necessity of proactive leadership. President Ranil Wickremesinghe, assuming leadership during a critical period, spearheaded efforts to rescue the country from economic turmoil. His collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and diligent work significantly contributed to improving the country’s economic status.

A new program aimed at ushering in transformative economic changes in Sri Lanka is deemed necessary. To achieve this, the President has initiated a series of reforms. One significant step is making the Central Bank of Sri Lanka an independent institution, which is now accountable to both the nation and its citizens. Moreover, every institution is expected to uphold accountability to the country and its people, with relevant laws already drafted. These legal measures will empower authorities to take legal action against institutional heads who fail to meet these responsibilities.

Furthermore, an economic initiative has been established to foster the development of every province in the country.

Tailored plans have been devised to boost the economy of each province using region-specific methods. Deniyaya, in particular, holds a significant role in the nation’s economic growth. It is noteworthy that Deniyaya has abundant opportunities in industries like tea plantations and tourism. Consequently, efforts are underway to create a condutive environment in which the residents of Deniyaya can earn an income that matches their expenses.

The Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, along with senior officers, members of the Colombo Royal College Union including Mr. Amanda Weerasinghe, a senior member of the 1981 group, the Principal of Ilukpitiya Kanishta Vidyalaya, Mr. Lakmal, teachers, parents, and students were present at the event.


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