Sri Lankan ex-rebels to sit for higher education examination

13:08, July 20, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Over 300 former Tamil Tiger rebels, currently under rehabilitation, will sit for an examination that might prepare them for higher education in the government universities, the Sri Lankan government said on Monday.

Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe, commissioner general of Rehabilitation, said 378 exLTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam) cadres would sit for the General Certificates of Advanced Level Examination from Aug. 9 to Sept. 3.

"We identified 594 former LTTE cadres as students from those who were gathered at the government run rehabilitation camps last year," Ranasinghe said, adding that apart from the 378 students sitting for examination, the rest would be released after rehabilitation.

Ranasinghe said the LTTE forcibly recruited these students and they sacrificed their education to fulfill the needs of the organization.

The military runs a special school for these students with the assistance of the Education Ministry within the premises of Tamil Primary School in Vavuniya, about 250 km north of the capital Colombo.

According to Ranasinghe, the military identified 11,800 ex LTTE cadres for rehabilitation from the refugee camps at the end of the civil war in 2009.

The LTTE had been fighting for a separate Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka's Northern and Eastern provinces for three decades before being defeated by the government troops in May 2009.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • The graphics shows the launch procedures of the carrier rocket of Tiangong-1 space lab module, Long March-2FT1 on Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Lu Zhe)
  • Image taken from Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows a Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module blasting off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua)
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows strong wind blows trees in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. Typhoon Nesat heads towards south China and is moving at an average wind speed of 20 km per hour toward the west coast of China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)
  • A fallen tree is seen on a road in Qionghai, south China's Hainan Province, Sept. 29, 2011. Typhoon Nesat was predicted to land in Hainan later Thursday, bringing heavy rainfalls to the island. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)
Hot Forum Discussion