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Do not allow children to be intolerant - President
Friday, October 08, 2010 - 04.40 GMT

The education system should undergo an attitudinal change. It is the responsibility of the education system to not allow children to become intolerant and narrow-minded, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The President made this statement addressing a gathering of teachers and students of Bandaranaike Vidyalaya, Gampaha following the opening of the new swimming pool complex of the school.

Education must instill values such as commitment and determination among children, the President further stated adding children must feel that this country is the best country in the world.

If children still think that their language or religion is inferior, then education has not ensured a change in their attitudes. If they still think that the people in this nation is backwards and cannot do anything, and sneer the past then this education system is worthless, the President stressed.

He noted that subject knowledge alone would not suffice in moulding a citizen with correct attitudes and skills and that the Government's education plans would be initiated with the above in mind.

The President pointed out that the newly opened swimming pool complex stood as testimony to the courage and dedication displayed by the School Principal, the Old Boys Association, teachers, students and their parents.

He told the students that Sri Lanka had applied to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games and to work for a gold medal prospect in the swimming events by using the modern facilities available to them.



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