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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2909

Needed facilities to schools in the East will be provided soon – East Provincial Council Minister

Colombo, 03 June, ( East Provincial Council Chief Minister Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliyan is a kind man. I love to work with him, said East Provincial Council Minister Wimalaweera Dissanayaka.

He said the 20 years of war came to an end and East is now liberated. In this liberation battle Pilliyan played a big role. We people are thankful to Pilliyan’s greatest contribution, Minister Dissanayaka said.

He added “I will work very closely with all the three communities in the East and treat all equal without showing partiality or discrimination.

The Provincial Council Minister, aged 52 years, is a graduate of the University of Peradeniya and started his life as a teacher in Amparai.

In the year 2000, he successfully contested the parliamentary general elections in the Amparai electoral district and was a Member of Parliament till 2001.

Later he was the Coordinating Director of the Ministry of Nation Building for the Amparai district.

Dissanayaka is a leading member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and contested the East Provincial Council election from Amparai in the United Peoples Freedom Alliance ticket.

Subsequently, Wimalaweera Dissanayaka was sworn-in by President Mahinda Rajapakse as the East Provincial Council Minister of Education, Cultural Affairs, Land and Land Development and Transport.

Speaking to Asian Tribune he said that schools in the East are badly affected by 20 years of ethnic war and also by the Tsunami. Many schools are in the dilapidated condition, and urgently need repairs and renovations.

The Minister also said that there are 800 Tamil medium schools and 200 Sinhala medium schools in the district. Education of the students – Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese in the district are affected badly due to earlier unstable conditions that existed before the liberation of the East.

Dissanayaka assured that he will arrange to provide the necessary facilities needed for schools in the district.

Also he said that he will focus attention on the teaching of languages- Tamil in Sinhala medium schools and Sinhalese in Tamil medium schools.

- Asian Tribune -

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