Second ‘re-opening’ of Vasaavi’laan Central by Mahinda Rajapaksa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 January 2011, 07:35 GMT]
The extensively ruined Vasaavi’laan Central College in the SL military occupied High Security Zone of Valikaamam, Jaffna is going to be ‘re-opened’ for the second time by SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa who will be visiting Jaffna soon. The ruined buildings were already ‘re-opened’ in last September, by SL colonial governor for the north, Maj. Gen. Chandrasri, SL commander Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe and by SL minister Douglas Devananda. Mr. Rajapaksa, reportedly criticized the act at that time for the poor image it created, is now keen in high profile re-opening of the school for the second time to hoodwink the outside world, sources in Jaffna said.

The Vasaavi’laan Central College located close to the Palaali Airport was under SL military occupation since 1990.

The impressive building of the school, built in the late 1970s when the late Mr. A. Ramasamy was the principal became extensively dilapidated in the war and military occupation. The locality became a jungle in the 20 years.

As most of the uprooted people of the village went to Urumpiraay, the school was also functioning under temporary arrangements at Urumpiraay.

After the ‘re-opening’ in September, a part of the temporary school at Urumpiraay has been hurriedly shifted to just one building restored at Vasaavi’laan. About 80 percent of the school buildings at Vasaavi’laan are still in ruined condition.


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