Thursday, September 17, 2009

Only country with school exams for IDP kids

Sri Lanka must be the only country in the world that conducted a public examination, the ‘O’ Levels, having provided teaching for this in preceding months even in the midst of conflict, and parents made sure that many children took the exam despite efforts by the LTTE to promote a boycott, said Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights Prof Rajiva Wijesinha.

Responding to the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, he said that happily senior UN officials in Sri Lanka now are working positively with the Sri Lankan government to overcome this scourge of child soldiers: UNICEF has been promoting the release and rehabilitation of all child soldiers, while ILO is working with our Ministry to produce a framework for the rehabilitation of ex-combatants.

Rehabilitation programmes will be implemented by the new Commissioner General for Rehabilitation, who will work under the Ministry of Justice, he added.
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