23 May 2011
By Yohan Perera
The JVP yesterday requested the parents of students who had been selected to the universities not to send their children for leadership training in military camps which is scheduled to begin today.
JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a news conference yesterday that they wanted the parents not to send their children for the proposed training programme. “Take a firm decision as there is no provision in the law for the higher education authorities to take action against your children if they fail to attend the training sessions,” Mr. Dissanayake told journalists yesterday.
He said the objective of the proposed training was to make the university students puppets of the government.
The JVP MP said some students including the Tamil students have got frightened to visit military camps. He said one should understand the perception which Tamil youth holds when it comes to security forces and the military camps. He said Tamil youth perceives the soldiers were those who waged a war against their community and therefore they may be reluctant to go to military camps for the proposed training.
“This perception may be wrong but one should take this situation into consideration,” he said.