Teaching students from Grades 1-5 in English should stop: Ven. Ratana Thera
Posted on March 16th, 2019

Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana  Courtesy The Daily Mirror

National List MP Venerable Athuraliye Ratana Thera yesterday urged the government to stop teaching school children from Grades one to five in the English medium.

Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget in Parliament, the Venerable Thera said Sri Lanka is currently following a concept which is not followed in any other country of providing primary education in another language other than the child’s mother tongue.

If a child is given a primary education in a language other than their mother tongue that child would not be a citizen of that country,” the Venerable Thera said.

The Thera said it is important to regulate international schools as well as such schools can be run by anyone without any standards being adhered to. Therefore the Thera said it is important to regulate them.

Making another suggestion, he said education should be a component which builds national unity. Accordingly he said children in the North and the East should be provided education in Tamils while children in other areas should be allowed to have their education in Sinhala. Additionally, he said a majority of Tamils and Muslims who reside in areas other than the North and the East can be provided an education in Sinhala as a majority of them are fluent in the Sinhala Language. 

3 Responses to “Teaching students from Grades 1-5 in English should stop: Ven. Ratana Thera”

  1. Christie Says:

    සිරිමත් ජෝන් කොතලාවල හොර ගනයන්ගේ තට්ටේ තාර ගෑ යුතුයයි කීවේය.

    බන්ඩ සින්හලෙන්ද බොල ඉගෙන ගත්ත.

    If the Sinhalese are educated in English monks like this will not be in power.

    A man living off Indian Parasites.

  2. dingiri bandara Says:

    I do not know if Aturaliya Thero has studied English.The children need to be taught both the mother language and English . It is better for the Sinhalese to be taught and Tamils to be taught Sinhalese. English , whether we like it or not is the International language used in all the countries. Not studying English from younger age put the Sinhalese children at a disadvantage.

  3. Christie Says:

    There is no need to learn Tamil he language of Sinhala oppressor.

    The language of the privileged Indian Colonial Parasites is Tamil. The business language of the country is Tamil.

    According to Kotalawala-Nehru agreement all Indians had to learn Sinhalese or go back to India.

    But unfortunately Banda the Indian puppet came to power in 1956.

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