Tamil learning in NE said wanting
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 10 July 2001, 13:33 GMT]
"About ten percent of Tamil medium students failed in their mother tongue at the 1998 G.C.E. ordinary level examination. This trend still prevails among students in northeast. To arrest this trend, teachers and principals should take firm steps to develop the teaching of the mother tongue," said Mr. Mr. K. Parameswaran, Secretary, Northeast Provincial Ministry of Education while speaking at Tamil day celebrations held Monday at Trincomalee St. Mary's Girls College.
Mr. Paramewaran added, "Tamil students in areas not under the Sri Lanka security forces in the northeast study under very difficult circumstances. In some areas dilapidated cadjan huts are being used as classrooms. In some villages classes are conducted under the shades of trees as no buildings available. These students are forced to study at home with bottle lamps, as no electricity is available in their villages,"
"This pathetic situation prevails in the Vanni region, Paduvankarai and Vaakarai areas in the Batticaloa district and Eechilampathai area in Trincomalee district" said Mr. Parameswaran who was the chief guest for the function.
Hundred of students from all education zones in northeast- from Jaffna district to Ampara district- participated in provincial Level Tamil day competitions and the celebrations followed it. Students from Jaffna peninsula were brought to Trincomalee by the passenger vessel 'City of Trinco'.
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