Sri Lankan ex-rebels to sit for higher education examination

13:08, July 20, 2010      

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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


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