Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has hailed the launch of the health insurance scheme for students by the current consensual government as the third most significant programme in the education system of the country since the introduction of the free education system by former Education Minister C.W.W. Kannangara in 1942.
He made this observation addressing the launch of the student health insurance scheme ‘Suraksha’ at Temple Trees on Oct 2. He added that Kannangara’s initiative removed the major economic hurdle to education and in 1980, President J R Jayewardena, through the introduction of free text books, further improved on it. In 2017, under President Maithripala Sirisena’s government, a child can have access to a healthy and secure education. Thus, after the introduction of free education, 75 years later, the government headed by President Sirisena has introduced the 3rd major step.