Learn to live in harmony:
Social, religious activities recommended for schoolchildren
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardana called upon schoolchildren to
get involved in day-to-day social and religious activities in addition
to concentrating on their school education.
He said it will teach them to live in society without harming others
and in harmony, especially with fellow students.
He said some parents had brought to his attention certain incidents
which took place recently between students of certain boys’ schools.
The Minister said parents want him to direct school authorities to
take measures to prevent such incidents that took place after school
It was recently reported that groups of boys from popular schools had
behaved in an unruly manner at bus stands after school sessions and even
the police had to be summoned to bring the situation under control.
Meanwhile, boys from two popular schools quarrelled with each other
over the final results of their annual cricket encounter. The incident
was watched by many people over television.
Earlier this month, some schoolboys were taken into custody by City
Police for entering girls’ schools and obstructing other children.
Minister Gunawardana told the Sunday Observer that children generally
live with parents and it is the parents’ duty to keep close tabs on the
behaviour of their children similar to the way they keenly monitor their
The Minister urged parents to teach their children good qualities and
how to accept victory and defeat alike.
He said it is the paramount duty of parents to give a quality
education to children as it will help them follow the correct path in
life and prevent them from being involved in unwanted activities.
The Minister said teenagers’ minds are not matured and they easily
get involved in wrong deeds.
“Sri Lanka is one of the few countries that gives a free education to
children, but it is pathetic that many children have stopped their
education halfway, especially at a tender age due to various social
reasons,” he said. He therefore appealed to all parents to reap the
benefits of free education and give their children a good and quality