Logos Hope Opened for Public in Trincomalee

E1M4-10-01-2014Logos Hope – World’s largest floating Book ship made her very first visit to Trincomalee harbour on 09th January 2014. Hon. Governor, Eastern Province Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama attended as the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony of the book exhibition on 10th January with a cross section of political and public officers of the area. 

The ship is open to the public from 10th January to 15th January allowing visitors who are interested in exploring to purchase books under many titles over 5000 publications and meet the crew members. Also at the request of the Hon. Governor, the Organizers of the book fair will provide free access to students who visit the ship in school uniform.



Students excelled in GCE (A/L) Exam, felicitated by Governor – 02 January 2014

11706920896_23acd1b983“Give the maximum support to Chief Minister and Northern Provincial council “ – says the Governor

A ceremony to felicitate the students who obtained best results in GCE (Advanced Level) examination was held at Governor’s Secretariat, Jaffna on 02nd January 2014.

During this event, the students who have best performed in last year GCE (A/L) exam at Provincial level and District level were felicitated by the governor. They were awarded with a medal, cash prize and a certificate.

Governor gave the pooja materials worth of 50,000 rupees to Hindu priest Senthura Sharma Kurukkal of Eachchamottai Gnana-Vairavar Hindu temple to mark the dawn of New Year. While addressing to the gatherings, Governor extended his New Year wishes to all. He said the students of Northern Province made the province proud. He thanked all those who worked for this achievement. He also said that Northern Province has developed in every aspect under the guidance and dynamic leadership of the HE the president Mahinda Rajapaksa. People are doing their day to day activities at a peaceful atmosphere.

Governor also requested all government officers to extend their full support to the Chief Vigneshwaran and provincial ministers in this year like before. The Northern Provincial Council is running smoothly without any interruption. Since the establishment of the Northern Province, the country is on a right footing that all provincial councils are fully functional as of this date.

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Foundation for the Construction of University College – Jaffna laid – 16th September 2013

Jaffna University CollegeThe foundation stone for the construction of University College-Jaffna was laid at Jaffna Technical College premises on 16th September 2013. With the sole purpose of upgrading the education standards of the province and according to the vision of Mahinda Chinthanaya, this building will be constructed at a cost of 115 million rupees by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development.

Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullus Alahapperuma, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda, Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri, parliamentarian M.Chandrakumar and Monitoring Parliamentarian Mohanlal Grero participated as the guests and laid the foundation stones.

25 university colleges are being constructed all over the country with the funding of Ministry of Finance. Steps have been taken presently to construct 7 university colleges during the first phase of this project. In these colleges, 30 new courses are to be introduced. Totally 40 diploma courses are to be conducted. It is said that 300 students will be enrolled to the courses.

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513 Brigade Builds New Building for Kattudai Vinayagar Preschool Kids – August 2nd 2013

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Kids of Kattudai Vinayagar Preschool of Manipay were blessed with opportunity to start learning their letters in a beautiful and spacious building newly constructed by the Army in place of old building.

New building came up as the result of a request made to the 513 Brigade by parents of this area. Troops of the 11 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (11 SLSR) contributed to total construction of the building with their labour and building materials worth of Rs. 400000/= were provided by Munchee Biscuits Company, on request of the Civil Affairs Office of the 513 Brigade.

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Tuition and other problems of Education – and not only in the North

jaffna 2 captionBy Darshana Sanjeewa

The Secretary to the Ministry of Education of the Northern Province convened a meeting of Zonal Directors in the Jaffna District along with other Education Ministry officials to discuss possible improvements to educational services in the North. The meeting was held on the initiative of the Governor following reports by Professor Rajiva Wijesinha MP, Advisor on Reconciliation  to HE the President on matters that had been brought to his attention at Divisional Secretariat Reconciliation meetings he has attended during this year throughout the Province.

In addition to particular problems of the North, the meeting provided space to discuss the current situation of Sri Lankan Education as the quality of the school education is remarkably going down. Students are continuously facing poor teaching and  supervision as well as constant complaints from parents  about the quality of the examination papers set by Zonal offices. The creators of the examination papers have not been able to maintain the quality and the  consistency of the examinations which impacts on  schools not being able to accurately  assess their students’ performance at the end of the term  which should occur during their tenure in the schools. In any case, pupils seem generally to have almost lost their trust on the school education and they rely heavily  on tuition classes. One of the officials noted that this reliance also arose from schools having to only have single sessions, whereas double sessions as was the case in the past would help to discourage the prevailing tuition culture

However the biggest issue schools face today, especially in rural areas, is schools don’t have  sufficient teachers to teach the compulsory subject required to get them through the important examinations such as English, Maths, Science. Though much had been done on an initiative of the Governor to appoint sufficient teachers, there were still problems in rural areas because of distribution problems, which could not be monitored carefully. Continue reading

Education Exhibition Kilinochchi: A new Chapter in the reconciliation concept

28 June Kilinochchi 5It was an unmatched performance, two-day emotion packed ceremony – Education exhibition in Kilinochchi, organized by Major General Udaya Perera, Security Forces Commander, at the Kilinochchi Madhya Mahavidyalayam from 28 to 29 June. Kilinochchi Security Forces Commander has written a new chapter in the ‘reconciliation concept’ and on how to win the hearts and mind of the people.

People and students of Kilinochchi were flabbergasted over the compassion the Security Forces Commander and his men and women shown in the education of the students.

Security Forces in Kilinochchi has shown their concern and interest in the welfare of the children of Kilinochchi, as if they were their brothers’ and sisters’ children – something unbelievable and exemplary.

At the two-day Education Exhibition, total number of 1554 Scholarships were awarded for students of 121 Schools coming under SFHQ (Kilinochchi) from the districts of Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar.

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