Don’t obstruct O/L students – SJB

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The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) urged the public to refrain from blocking roads, staging protests, or indulging in any activity that could obstruct students sitting for the G.C.E. O/L Examination which commenced yesterday (23).

Speaking to the Media yesterday (23) MP Tissa Attanayake said due to the situation in the country, students are not in the right frame of mind to face an exam.

“I urge you to act responsibly and not to obstruct the O/L students. They should be given the support they need. Roads should not be blocked. Children are the future of our country and therefore we all have a responsibility to give them the opportunity to face the examination without any hindrance,” he added.

Meanwhile, Attanayake charged that the country’s health industry is collapsing.

“Due to the lack of essential medicines, emergency treatment and surgeries have been suspended. Islandwide protests will increase and citizens will take to the streets and engage in illegal activities in the coming weeks to make ends meet, and such a scenario is inevitable,” he added.

Attanayake requested the Government to think ahead.

Meanwhile, he condemned a recent statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to foreign Media that discourages tourists from visiting Sri Lanka.

“The Premier’s ‘discouraging words’ is a cause for grave concern and raises questions on the future of the tourism industry. The tourism industry is one of the main sources of revenue in addition to foreign remittances, income from exports, foreign loans and donations, and the overall stability of the country’s financial status,” he added.

Attanayake further inquired how foreign exchange could be favourably generated when these statements are being made.

By Nabiya Vaffoor