President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has decided to abolish the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination, following a proposal submitted by him.
He said that this decision was taken paying attention to the undue pressure faced by the students due to the Scholarship Examination.
President Sirisena made these remarks participating in a ceremony to vest the newly built ‘Maithri Shilpa Kala Mandapaya’ at the Polonnaruwa Royal College, with the students, today (25).
Even though the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination initiated with the aim of providing an opportunity for the underprivileged students to receive education in a school with resources and to pay an allowance for them to in this regard, at present it has become a competition to gain entrance to a popular school.
President Sirisena also said that statistics has shown that a large number of students who gain entrance to the university education, have not passed the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination.
The President further pointed out that it should create a competition to enter into popular schools, but all the schools in the country must be developed physically and ensure quality education by providing required resources. He stressed that the responsibility in this regard lies with the people’s representatives including the Ministers and MPs.
The ‘Maithri Shilpa Kala Mandapaya’ comprised of 5000 seats, built at a cost of Rs.140 million under the “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa” District Development programme.
President Sirisena said that as a past pupil of the school, he has completed all the duties that he should fulfill and the responsibility of the present generation is to properly manage and maintain those resources.
The Governor of the Central Province, Sarath Ekanayake, Mohan Lala Grero, M.P., the Mayor of the Polonnaruwa Chanaka Sidath Ranasinghe, the District Secretary – Polonnaruwa, the Principal and staff of the school, parents, past pupils and others participated on this occasion.