The 53rd Death Anniversary Commemoration of Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara, who is hailed as the Father of Free Education falls today

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The 53rd Death Anniversary Commemoration of Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara, who is hailed as the Father of Free Education falls today. Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara was instrumental in passing the Free Education Act of 1943 in the then legislature in order to extend the privileges of free education to all children from Grade 1 to university level. The free education system that usher in a structural transformation of Sri Lankan society has paved the way for hundreds of thousands of children of underprivileged families to achieve a higher standard of living as well as to reduce social inequality. Numerous political leaders since then contributed to nurture the free education system following its establishment in 1943. A recorded commemorative programme on his service will be aired on the Sinhala National Service at 10.00 am today.

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