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Construction of a new multi-ethnic national school in Polonnaruwa district with tri-lingual education that ensure the national consensus – The signing of MoU between the Republic of India and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

indThe memorandum of understanding for the provision of LKR 300 million by the Republic of India under the small development projects in Sri Lanka, for the construction of a new multi-ethnic national school in Polonnaruwa district with tri-lingual education that ensure the national consensus in Kaduruwela area in Polonnaruwa district under the district development project “Awaken Polonnaruwa (2016 – 2020) was signed on 2nd February, 2017. This memorandum of understanding was signed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Education Mr. Sunil Hettiarachchi on behalf of the Republic of Sri Lanka and the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka HE Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu on behalf of the Republic of India.

Cabinet approval has been obtained for the construction of this proposed school which is the concept of HE The President. This will be established as a model school with attractive basic facilities for the benefit of the children in Polonnaruwa area and the surrounding districts as well. The basic objective of this project is to create a school consisted of a high quality learning environment in order to bring about a student generation full of high knowledge ensuring the national conciliation and social consensus to suit the global competitive economic and social atmosphere. It is scheduled to provide all facilities to this school and it is proposed to conduct classes from grade 6 up to advanced level in it.

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Since the 10 acre land where the school is proposed to be built belongs to the National Department of Livestock, the activities for acquiring the land by the Ministry of Education have been finalized. The engineering consultancy such as architectural engineering plans, survey documents, preparing bid documents, monitoring of the construction and the certification of the bills are done by the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB).

A two storey building complex consist of 6 parallel classrooms is expected to be built with the aids of the Indian government. For the remaining requirements of the said project, it is expected to obtain an allocation of 900 million rupees from the government of Sri Lanka. This project is planned to be completed in several stages and in the first stage two storey building for grade 6 and 7, hostel, administrative building, sanitary and laboratory facilities and teachers quarters will be built. It is expected commence the learning activities of this school in 2019.

The head of the presidential working staff Mr. Ranjan Dharmawardana and the officers of the Ministry of Education also participated in this occasion.

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