This continues with the sad saga of what happened at the Ministry, though I note too much other work, for the university and the Council for Liberal democracy, and for myself. And I still have fond memories of the teacher I met at a little school in Kalutara who was so very keen about English medium.

The picture is of the book I produced with Priyantha, proceedings in three languages of the CLD seminar series, the first trilingual publication I believe.

Keeping English medium going

After seeing Lalith that day I went to the NIE, and then saw Harsha and then worked on the CLD book. The next day, Saturday December 15th, I went after a Liberal meeting to the NIE for a workshop and then marked papers and had dinner with my father and Ayra who had come with him from Kandy. On the Sunday we had a workshop on the English materials, though where this was I have not recorded, and it may have just been our team preparing for a workshop for teachers. Then I finalized our Faculty minutes and met Priyantha about the CLD book. That evening my cousin Tekla and her husband Walter joined us for dinner.

On Monday, a holiday, we had a Materials workshop at the NIE for teachers, both morning and afternoon, and then I went with Kithsiri to buy paint and took this to the cottage. I cooked dinner that night, and then early next morning we went to the university for a day of administration, followed by classes next day after which I got back to the cottage. Next morning, having paid workmen, I went to the NIE where I met the science teachers, who we thought would have a tough time, but they were raring to go, and indeed one – in a small seaside school in Kalutara – told me that she had done her degree in English medium but had begun to lose the language and was delighted that now she would have a chance to use it again.

That afternoon I went to the Ministry, and found Lalith in increasing despair, for there was no work on what was happening, and though he had been offered a secretary post by another Minister he preferred to stay on at education which was something he loved. That night I worked on my articles and editing, and then next morning I was back at the NIE for a workshop, going on to the cottage, and then to the university where we had a Council meeting. Next morning I went to the Academy where I met Sameera and also Ruwan, and then I went to Yala to join Ena, but it was only for one night. Next day I saw Upali and Jothini together with Anuruddha, a contemporary of Ranga whom I had recruited to teach there, and then I took a class at the Radiant, saw my uncle and aunt, took another class at Madola, and then went to the cottage for the night. Next morning I went to the Ministry and met the new Secretary whom I found most unimpressive, and then I spoke to the Minister, and to Lalith, who I think then told the Minister that he would not stay on.