President Ranil Wickremesinghe today emphasised the need for the country’s children to receive both modern education and knowledge about Sri Lanka’s rich cultural history.

He expressed his commitment to ensuring that Sri Lankan youth are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to shape the nation’s future. Despite recent economic challenges, President Wickremesinghe assured that the government remains committed to allocating more resources for free education and healthcare. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the current education system and his determination to transform Sri Lanka into a vocational training centre while providing children with an education system that empowers them for the future.

The President was speaking at an event held at the Seethawaka Rajasingha Central College in Hanwella today.
Regarding the General Certificate of Education (GCE) at both the ordinary and advanced levels, there is a coexistence of the public school education system and private tuition services. This situation entails significant parental investment in education. The government is actively seeking input from educators and students to develop a new education system that addresses these aspects. Additionally, efforts are underway to create an environment conducive to providing professional education to children. The government aims to transform Sri Lanka into a hub for vocational training through the reorganisation of vocational education programs. This initiative aims to equip citizens with the necessary professional knowledge for the nation’s future development, following models adopted by countries like Australia. President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed the importance of preserving the historical legacy of the Kingdom of Sitawaka, emphasising its role in safeguarding Sri Lanka’s independence. To ensure this heritage is passed down to future generations, he announced plans to establish a museum in the Sitawaka area.