Raising a morally and ethically driven generation vital – President
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasised that it is necessary to raise a morally and ethically-driven generation guided by their religion in keeping with physical development.
The President highlighted that Sri Lanka is a country enriched with morals and virtues due to its high esteem held towards Buddhist teachings and the co-existence preached by the other religions practiced in Sri Lanka.
“We can lay a strong foundation for a moral, ethical, and disciplined society through the betterment of Dhamma Schools and Pirivena education”.
The President made these remarks during a discussion with the State Ministry of Dhamma Schools, Bhikku Education, Pirivenas and Buddhist Universities to review its future vision at the Presidential Secretariat on 24 September.
“In order to restore peace and harmony in the minds of the people, and promote undistorted religious teachings sans extremism, you directly have to intervene in order to facilitate and regulate all the registered Dhamma schools of all faiths,” the President highlighted.
The President advised officials to inquire into the needs of the Dhamma school teachers and ascertain steps to further motivate them in their endeavours.
The possibility of considering the Dharmacharya certificate as an added qualification in admission to the universities and recruiting for employment were discussed at length. It was also discussed to reform Pirivena and Dhamma schools syllabuses and to allow any of the new graduate appointees to continue their teaching at Pirivenas if they already had been teaching there prior to the appointment.
In addition, the President also advised the officials to propose plans to improve Bhikkus’ English language skills, computer literacy and technical know-how while resolving issues pertaining to the appointment of Pirivena teachers and their salaries and allowances immediately.
It was also discussed to assign a Development Officer and minor staff members to Pirivenas under the programmes to provide job opportunities for graduates and families with low incomes.