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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

G.C.E. OL Examination for Children of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to be held in Tamil Nadu from tomorrow

Chennai, 10 December, ( The first ever Sri Lanka G. C. Ordinary Level Examination to be held abroad will commence on 11th December 2006 in Chennai and conclude on the 21st of December 2006.

The examination is held for the benefit of displaced Sri Lankan students who have arrived in Tamil Nadu as refugees since January this year, was to facilitate the continuation of their education. As the G. C. E. Ordinary Level Examination is crucial for all Sri Lankan students, on a directive by Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka following an initiative by the P. M. Amza, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai and S. C. Chandrahasan, Treasurer, Organisation for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), in an unprecedented move, it was decided to hold this competitive examination abroad in Chennai with the fullest cooperation of the Government of Tamil Nadu which has extended all possible support and assistance to this noble venture.

In this connection, a ceremony was held at the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai today [09th December] to issue the Admission Cards (Hall Tickets) for the displaced students.

Welcoming the gathering, Deputy High Commissioner Amza, in his speech said that President Rajapaksa was keen that the education of the displaced students should not be disrupted due to circumstances beyond their control and had very promptly taken action to direct the relevant Ministries in Sri Lanka to arrange for this examination to be held in Chennai. He said the Ministry of Education and Ministry of National Building along with the Department of Examinations have all played a pivotal role in holding this exam in Chennai.

He appreciated the teachers who were sent specially by the Government of Sri Lanka to Chennai to coach the students and prepare them for the examination, for accepting this challenging task and working long hours from their arrival to ensure that the children were well taught and ready for the examination in a brief span of time. He also thanked the State Government of Tamil Nadu for its support to this noble effort.

In his speech to the students numbering 98 appearing for this examination, M. Kutralingham, Secretary, School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu stated that the Government of Tamil Nadu has extended all possible support to conduct this examination in Chennai, including providing a Centre to hold and supervisors for this examination. He said that on the instructions of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Minister of School Education, the Government of Tamil Nadu was happy to lend all support to the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in this commendable endeavour. He added that the Government of Tamil Nadu was committed to continuing lending all possible assistance to meet and fulfil the educational needs of the students for the refugee community in Tamil Nadu.

S. C. Chandrahasan, Treasurer, Organisation for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) explained that OfERR which has been working for the welfare of Sri Lankan refugees arriving into India since its inception, stated that he was pleased that the initiative taken by the Deputy High Commission and OfERR had been fruitful due to the untiring efforts of the Deputy High Commissioner, Amza.

He has also stated that this venture was part of the peace-building exercise and has received the support and encouragement of all concerned. He said the Sri Lankan society which was once divided due to education, has now come together as part of the peace initiative on the same subject of education and stressed that the greatest gift a child could receive is the gift of knowledge.

Chandrahasan also said that they were all thankful to President Rajapaksa for promptly taking action to activate the process of holding this examination in Chennai.

Talking of Chief Minister Karunanidhi, Chandrahasan said, "the heart of Chief Minister Karunanidhi bleeds if there are tears in the eyes of the Tamils" and said that the Chief Minister had not only obtained the concurrence of the Central Government, but has also done everything possible to make this effort a reality. He thanked President Rajapaksa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu Minister of Finance, Prof. K. Anbalagan, Minister of School Education, Thangam Thennarasu, Kutralingam and the senior officials from the Sri Lanka Department of Examination for all assistance rendered to make this venture a reality.

The occasion conduced with the presentation of Admission Cards (hall tickets) to the students.

- Asian Tribune -

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