â€œFree Education,which was introduced by Dr. C.W.W. Kannangara, has been grossly neglected. The time has now arrived to revisit those policies in a bid to defeat the challenges posed by various elements with vested interests, through vernacular education. It is indeed the need of the hour to work collectively, to defeat the enemies of free education to usher in national freedom, thereby doing justice to Kannangaraâ€™s philosophy. Everyone of us has to unite for this national causeâ€, said parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa addressing a ceremony held at the Matugama Auditorium to mark the 123rd birth anniversary of Dr. C.W. W. Kannangara the Father of Free Education.
Mr. Weerawansa further said that the free education system introduced by Dr. Kannangara opened the doors for Sri Lankans so seek higher education opportunities. If not for the opportunity of vernacular education we would have been a very depressed and discriminated against nation today. Hence it is the duty of all of us to remember this great personality said Mr. Weerawansa.