The government plans to introduce a new education system that will protect the dignity of labour and aimed at creating a skilled society in the new normal environment.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revealed that a National Education Policy has already been formulated to achieve rapid development as well as to meet expected economic goals in a short period of time.
President Rajapaksa made these remarks participating at the official inauguration ceremony of registering the first batch of undergraduate students of Benedict the 16 Catholic Institution of Higher Education (BCI) in Negombo last Friday.
The President emphasized that he expects to give utmost priority to achieve excellence in higher education. He also pointed out the importance of producing more technocrats in the future by converting all universities to ‘smart learning universities’.
After the ceremony, President, Archbishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and the Minister of Education planted three sandalwood saplings at the premises.
The delegation headed by the President also made an observational visit to the BCI campus premises which is under construction.
Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris , Governor of the Western Province, former Commander of the Air Force, Marshal of the Air Force, Roshan Goonetileke, State Ministers Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Nimal Lansa, Secretary of Education Prof. Kapila Perera and the BCI Campus Board of Directors were present on this occasion.