Trinco students receive Samurdhi Scholarships
[TamilNet, Friday, 19 December 2003, 00:07 GMT]
One hundred ten students who come from Samurdhi (poverty alleviation scheme) families in the Trincomalee district were awarded scholarships under the Samurdhi Social Development Trust Fund (SSDTF) at an event held
Thursday at the Trincomalee Sinhala Madya Maha Vidiyalayam, education officials in Trincomalee said.
|Ministry Secretary Ms Kumari Navaretna distributes scholarship awards to a student. Trincomalee Divisional Secretariat Secretary Mr Suntharam Arumainayakam and Trincomalee Assistant Director of Samurdhi Mr.B.D.Gamage are seen
Ministry Secretary and the Commissioner General of Samurdhi Authority Dr.
(Ms) Kumari Navaretna awarded the scholarships to students who have
excelled in GCE ordinary level and GCE Advanced Level examinations.
Each scholarship recipient receives 350 rupees per month till he completes
secondary school education. Ten students from Samudhri families in each of the eleven divisional secretariat divisions in Trincomalee
district were selected under this scheme, said Trincomalee Government
Mr. Gamini Rodrigo at the event.
SSDTF spends Rs 38,500 a month totaling to Rs 462,000 per year to award 110
scholarships to students in the Trincomalee district.
Mr. Gamini Rodrigo said that of 274 schools inTrincomalee district 185
are Tamil medium and 64 are Sinhala medium. About 72 thousand Tamil medium
students and around 27 thousand Sinhala medium students attend these schools.
a section of students and government officials observing prayer
"About 25 schools in the Trincomalee district have been temporarily
closed," said the government agent.
The SSDTF launched this scholarship scheme to assist hildren of Samurdhi families to develop their education
and other talents. There are more than two hundred thousand Samurdhi families in Sri Lanka, Dr.Kumari Navaretna said.
The SSDTF will be strengthened next year with financial assistance of
the World Bank. Already three thousand Samurdhi children who have excelled
in public examinations have been awarded with scholarships to further
their studies, Dr.Kumari Navaretna said.
guests are taken in a procession to the venue with junior band team of the Trincomalee Sri Koneswara Hindu College in attendance( Trinco harbour is seen in the background)