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Education

Helping Students with Dyslexia

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I suggest that the Ministry of Education must accommodate the needs of students who have Dyslexia and provide education and awareness to teachers who sadly do not even know what this disorder is. Teachers mostly tend to think that the child is slow or not interested in school work. But in dyslexic student it is different. They are very clever and smart, although they struggle to read and write.

Not everyone can afford private therapy for children with Dyslexia. So my suggestion is that the government must reach out to teachers and advise them to give all the requirements needed by a dyslexic student. For example in the Cambridge curriculum, they allow 25% extra time in exams, typewriters, and oral exams.

~ Vindya Bandara

Compulsory English Medium School Curriculum

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It will be highly beneficial for students if at least above grade six, the Maths and Science school curriculum is taught in English medium. This will make it a lot easier for students to acquire more knowledge, broaden the understanding of the English language, and make the transition to university easier. It will also bring more opportunities globally to our students.

~ Dulmina Gunawardena

Abolish Student Harassment in State Universities

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At present Sri Jayewardenepura university is considered as one of the best universities in South Asia. The standard and the quality of this university is many times better than any private institution for higher education in the region in the respective studies.  Many foreign students from all over the world are willing to come to Sri Lanka and follow their higher education in this reputed university. If foreign students are given the chance to come to Sri Lanka and study in the Japura University as exchange students that would earn a large amount of income to the country as they are willing to pay up to 50 million rupees for what Lanka’s students receive for free. Even when at certain times this opportunity is given to them they are doubtful mainly due to the “ragging” done by local students.

This is not only regarding this certain university but regarding many of the high standard universities in the country. If you could focus your attention on these student exchange plans and minimizing student harassment this would be a huge turning point in the Lankan education system as well as the community’s exposure to the world.

~ Ravindu Abeywickrama & Dulmina Gunawardena

Rectifications on Policy for Medications, Substitutes and Distribution

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Many regular brands of OTC medications and particularly children’s prescribed medications are unavailable in stock for the past year.

Especially disturbing is the fact that private pharmacies suggest different brand names for a prescribed medication due to unavailability in-stock.

However, many children (and adults) may react negatively or allergic to a given substitute/brand change.

It is suggested to make suitable changes in the process and regulations to avoid sudden fluctuations of drug prices and changes in imports of drugs as these are fast becoming a necessary commodity with the changes in lifestyle and environment.

~ S Kasthurirathne

Network Development – Better Internet Facilities

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The internet has now become a vital part of human life. Furthermore, our generation has numerous learning and entrepreneurial opportunities via the internet. However, currently, there are no good network packages that offer good speed internet facilities. We do not need free Wi-Fi, but better unlimited network packages for a reasonable price like in developed countries.

~ Janith Lakshan & Chamodi Abisheka

Religious Co-Existence Education in Schools

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I personally feel that religious education from the school curriculum should be curtailed for students of the future. Instead, we should introduce an “interfaith” or “Coexistence” module for children to understand each other’s diverse cultures and religious values in detail.

I being a student of a leading Muslim school, have not had the privilege of learning the culture and the religious values of my fellow Sri Lankans although I wanted to. I am sure my brothers and sisters from other faiths also would have experienced the same when they were young school goers. I think this has actually separated us and have given us a reason to hate each other’s faith. All these racial tensions are mainly due to not having an understanding of each other’s religion and cultural values.

Thus, I suggest keeping the values and cultural norms in place, we should consider introducing a subject called “Interfaith” to the school curriculum, thus teaching the future Sri Lankans to respect each other’s faiths and cultures.

~ Shibly Sardhar

Animal Welfare

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As you are aware in many developing countries, facilities have been provided for drinking water and food for street dogs. ( I do have suggestions for this to do it practically. Those can be provided as and when required ) If this can not be implemented by town by town, government sponsorship could be granted to the various private animal care voluntary companies. Such companies request public assistance for Animal Welfare causes.

It is obvious there is always a very poor public response. As you may aware that in many developing countries Animal Care Awareness programs have been positively spread. In this contest, I do believe Animal Care Awareness and Nature are the two strongest pillars of the development of a country. Do you ever believe in the slaughtering of animals for food for people is humanity? Therefore please take necessary actions to stop killing animals for Beef, Pork and Mutton. I do believe that this could be a very controversial and hard decision for you to make but I have recognized you as a person who fearlessly accepts challenges as a brave political leader.

Please take necessary actions to enhance the facilities for caged animals in the Zoological Gardens – Dehiwala to provide free roaming facilities in vast areas. When I was working in the Hospitality trade, many foreign tourists had a big question as to why we have caged animals and limited their freedom which is a disgrace for our country. Finally, I would like to stress generally it’s known fact a government should take actions to eradicate poverty of its people. But having said that animals are also a part of nature. They do have a right to live on earth. They can not express their feelings. We as human beings are considered most civilized and intelligent creature of earth. It is our duty and responsibility to be kind to each and every creature of the world as per the Buddhist philosophy. I do hope you will kindly consider my suggestions on humanitarian grounds and take necessary actions to create a better Sri Lanka for a prosperous future.

 

~ Dulanjana Pravani Jayathilake

Private Universities

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Allow opportunities for reputed international universities to open private, high-standard universities in Sri Lanka. This will bring a lot of revenue for the country and students will have more options in their own country rather than having to travel abroad.

~ Nishadee

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Safer Roads

By | Causes, Education, Emerging Industries, Smart Cities | One Comment

More people die on roads than during war, and probably more people get permanently disabled from road accidents.

There seem to be various factors that result in valuable young human lives being lost on roads, and therefore we need to implement measures to make roads safer for all.

1. The starting point is driver, rider education.
People wear helmets to evade police!
People wear seat belts to evade police!
We need to invest a lot on the driver, rider education to educate them on safety measures. Other countries have TV commercials on such education. Further, although there were a number of expressways opened, I have not seen a comprehensive driver education on how to use them. Why we need to keep a safe distance, why you need to use turn signals when changing lanes etc.

2. The other most important factor is to improve driver, rider moral values.
At the end of the day, we all want to arrive at the destination safely. If you give way, you will be given way. It doesn’t have to be a battle in the roads, honking at even the slightest mistakes. Other countries usually have good gestures to thank helping fellow road users. The attitude of helping others goes a long way than we think. This needs to be implemented through Learners and also public awareness programs. Probably this should be the #1 measure because a lot of things fall in the correct place if we fix this.

3. Driving schools (Learners) should be properly managed, reviewed and evaluated yearly. They should enforce a very strict syllabus which includes moral value educations also. All road accidents should be tracked back to the driving schools, and statistically analyzed to improve/ban failing driving schools.

3. Make roads safer.
We need to have a proper road maintenance unit, which should patrol heavily used roads to check on safety. For example, there are visibility issues at certain road sections and there are accidents daily and nobody does anything. This unit should have a mechanism to lodge complaints and suggestions.

4. Stop importing unsafe vehicles.
There should be a strict standard that does not change from government to government to stop the import of unsafe vehicles. (Probably the most unsafe are the three-wheels, but that is a bigger rooted problem because it is not actually a vehicle, it is a “job” in Sri Lanka. This can only be prevented by improving public transport and the job market for young simultaneously).

5. Make existing vehicles safer.
Almost all tractors have no tail lights, the tippers, and big lorries which stop roadside do not have parking lights, etc. Police should be given enough training to stop and fine these.

6. Greener roads.
I’ve seen that even in countries heavily commercialized like Singapore has a surprisingly large number of trees planted alongside roads. This helps a lot to the nature and helps to reduce driver stress etc.

May all people arrive at their destination safely and comfortably!

~ Gayan Dasanayake

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Society Free from Hatred

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Whatever the little development we Sri Lankans have achieved for the last 70yrs, it is sad to see that we all have fully accommodated hatred within us. No doubt the 30yrs of war and consumer-oriented society have contributed a lot to it. Now the war is over and I believe we all Sri Lankans need to go through a ‘POST WAR REHABILITATION’- a mental and physical cleansing program (not just the armed forces).

Today we see people full of hatred; we hear speeches, see activities full of hatred; be it Political or any other social issue (most occasions we see the points are valid and true though) what we see is hatred. this has seeped into every corner of every person in the society and it springs out in unexpected events in harmful ways; minor issues like one becomes aggressive in driving,  a child becomes aggressive in the event of losing a sports event, a parent becomes violent hearing the child is not able to get sufficient marks in exams, families split over small issues, religious leaders become violent , friends fight in social media, to major issues like ragging at universities  become terrorist acts, politicians spread hate instead gather people for greater cause, and ethnic and racial violence etc. The list can go on and on.

Its high time to put a big full stop to this!

We need a new era of ‘ Society free from Hatred’ starting from 2020. it will not come automatically; we need laws to encourage it, we need lots of activities, programs, education, social reforms, religious inputs, and leaders and a leadership to guide society towards that peaceful and beautiful society.

~ Madhangi Alwis

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