Final phase of third school term begins!
The final phase of the third school term of the 2022 academic year in government and government-approved private schools began today (20).
The Education Ministry took steps to give holidays to schools from January 23rd due to the A/L examination.
Accordingly, the third term of the 2022 school year is scheduled to end on March 24.
The first term of the 2023 academic year is scheduled to begin on March 27.Meanwhile, the ministry said that it has planned to finish distributing textbooks related to the academic year 2023 before March 27.
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Six arrested during Kelaniya protest!
The police have arrested six people including four monks during the protest held by the students of the Kelaniya University last evening (19).
The police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the protest held by the university students demanding the immediate release of the arrested students including the president of the student union.
SJB denies collaborating with JJB
As some news websites reported that Samagi Jana Balawegaya ( SJB) and Jathika Jana Balawegaya ( JJB) will get on one stage to protest against the possible postponement of the local government polls, SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara denied such reports.
Some news websites reported that the two parties had decided to get onto a common platform to fight against the postponement of local government polls. It was also reported that Maddduma Bandara had a phone conversation with JJB Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and that it had been agreed that the two parties will protest and will have a common rally.
” I never had any conversation with Anura Kumara Dissanayake and neither have we got into any agreement,” Maddduma Bandara told Daily Mirror.
Discipline needed to take charge of the future-President
President Ranil Wickremesinghe says discipline and commitment are required in order to take charge of a country’s future, and plans will be implemented from next year to take Sri Lanka to a new dimension through a disciplined society.
The President said while the people are currently experiencing economic difficulties, this should only be expected for a short time period, and that he will work to improve the country’s economy before year end.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his views at a ceremony held today (19) at Rantambe National Cadet Training Centre to award the President’s Colours and Corps Colours to the National Cadet Corps.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe presented the President’s and Corps Colours to the National Cadet Corps, which has a 142-year history.
Following the presentation of the President’s and Corps colours, the President also joined in observing the Cadet Corps parade.
The President stated that a strong economy and a new society should be created in the country, and he expects the Cadet Corps to provide disciplined leadership for the new society that will be created for the country’s youth.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe further said:
Today is a special day for you. We recognize the national value of the National Cadet Corps. The President’s Colours and the Corps Colours were awarded to the National Cadet Corps in recognition of this achievement. This is a very old force. The Royal College established a cadet unit when the Sri Lankan Infantry was formed.
The Cadet Corps that began since then, has a 142-year history. The military officers who emerged from it took part in the First World War. Officers from this Cadet Corps served in the subsequent World War II as well as the country’s internal wars. Also, the members of the Cadet Corps have also made significant contributions to the armed forces. We are here today to show our appreciation on behalf of those activities.
The Cadet Corps evolved from the Ceylon Infantry to the Ceylon Defence Force and then to the Sri Lanka Army. As the then Minister of Education, I proposed to Parliament to name this force as the National Cadet Corps. And today I have the honour of presenting the President’s and Corps Colours to the National Cadet Corps.
The people needed for the country’s future are trained by this Cadet Corps. In addition to the Cadet Corps who joined the army, there are many people who have served in various sectors but are not in the army. Our Prime Minister, Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena, is the most prominent member of that group. I recall him attending those trainings in the evenings during the school days.
Today, as we confer this presidential colour on you, it is our duty to express our appreciation to those who founded this Cadet Corps, as well as those who contributed to its success, and to the entire Cadet Corps.
Today the Cadet Corps operates in many schools. I expressed the Defence State Minister and the Secretary of the Defence Ministry, that Cadet Corps should be established in every Central College. We must continue to develop this further. I believe that this will produce the disciplined citizens that this country needs.
It is also the government’s responsibility to ensure that the students in this Cadet Corps have a bright future. While the Minister of State is here, I suggest that the children in the cadet groups should be given a quota for training in government institutions. We must secure their future. We should be dedicated to provide training for you who move forward with discipline.
Also we have focused on your future. I am well aware of the difficulties that you, your parents, and the people of the country are currently facing. Economically, we all have to bear a heavy burden. We have no other option. People are experiencing difficulties today, but this should be expected to last only a short period of time. This situation will not only change before the end of the year, but we will also need to build a new economy.
We must build both a strong economy and a new society for the benefit of the country’s youth. To build such a new social system, a disciplined leadership is required. I am hopeful that the Cadet Corps will provide the required leadership.
To take on the future requires discipline and commitment. It should be noted that we are committed to developing this cadet force with qualified personnel and improving everyone’s future.
I offer my best wishes to everyone receiving the President’s and Corps colours on this occasion of the National Cadet Corps, which has served this country for 142 years.
State Minster of Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon, Governor of Central Province Lalith U. Gamage, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Staff of the President Sagala Ratnayake, Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne (Retd), Secretary of the Ministry of Education Nihal Ranasinghe, Chief of Defence Staff General Shavendra Silva, Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, Director National Cadet Corps Brigadier Sudantha Fonseka and other officials witnessed the ceremonial event.