Children of members of Education Department Cooperative Society in Western Province were awarded scholarships by the Education Department Cooperative Society (EDCS) recently. The ceremony to grant scholarships was held under the patronage of the President of EDCS Priyantha Liyanagamage and the General Secretary of Lanka Teacher Services Union (LTSU) Mahinda Jayasinghe at S. de S. Jayasinghe Hall at Dehiwela.
Students qualified to enter universities were given scholarships and a large number of students and parents participated.
The President of EDCS Priyantha Liyanagamage addressing the gathering said the new office bearers took over management of the EDCS only two months ago but already the scholarship programme has been carried out in 6 districts and the society fulfilled several of the promises they had made to the membership.
The General Secretary of LTSU Mahinda Jayasinghe said the EDCS had been arbitrarily denied to the membership by a small minority with the support of the ruling classes and the election held due to legal action his union took has brought in an honest team of office bearers who would work for the benefit of the membership.