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A ceremony to felicitate the students of Dayagama East Tamil Vidyalaya of Holbrook in the Nuwara-Eliya Zone, who excelled at the 2015 GCE Ordinary Level examinations and their teachers, was held last week at the College hall.

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The Annual Prize- Giving of Dayagama East Tamil Maha Vidyalaya was held last week in the main hall of the school.

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Nearly two decades after its closure, Nadeswara College in Kankesanturai is scheduled to reopen in the second term by the authorities. The school and its resources which had been taken under the Higher Security Zone (HSZ) in Palaly, was was returned last month by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Delegates at the 7th Innovation Centre Worldwide, from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST), Japan and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ), initiating a trilateral collaboration in Science & Technology between Japan, India and Sri Lanka.

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Cabinet has approved a Government plan to train over 2,000 students to conduct research and manufacture solar panels, said Media Minister Gayantha Karaunathilaka. He said this decision was to develop renewable power generation by improving and increasing solar power usage by 20%.

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State Minister for Higher Education Mohan Lal Grero has suggested that the university admission process should be reviewed and reprocessed after a comprehensive study.

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More Technological Faculties will come up in schools this year to popularise the subject, a senior Education Ministry official said. He said that, 30 such Faculties in the 9 Provinces will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.3 billion, with each building costing Rs 30 million, while a Faculty will have equipment worth Rs 30 million.

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The Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) has demanded the Education Ministry revert to the issuing of school uniforms for the 2017 academic year, claiming the voucher system introduced this year had placed students in severe difficulties.

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The CTU this week said it would oppose Government plans to promote and appoint 4,600 teachers and principals who do not qualify for the Sri Lanka Principal's Service. CTU General Secretary, Joseph Stalin said they will take legal action if the Cabinet papers recommending the names is approved. According to the list, around 2,500 teachers and principals have been named for the principals' post.

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Psychiatric Clinics are to be established islandwide for schoolchildren with cognitive issues they cannot cope with, the Health Ministry said. Elderly Care, Youth & Disabled consultant Dr. Ananda Jayalal said that, under the Youth Health Policy finalised by the Ministry recently, Friendly Psychiatric Clinics (FPC) will be opened in all major hospitals in the provinces and districts, for schoolchildren with issues related to cognitive problems.

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