RITA moves on
Educationist and the Founder principal of D.S Senanayake College R.I. T. Alles passed away a few hours ago at a private hospital in Colombo at the age of 81 following a brief illness, the government information Department said.
Mr. Alles served as the State Secretary for Ministry of Education from 1989 to 1993 and was the Chairman of the Gateway Group till his death and he is the beloved husband of Rohini Alles, and father of Tiran and Harsha Alles.
responses from the old boys:
In school he was a very strict disciplinarian,and we all thought he was a monster. But inside him he was a kind,loving,gentleman of the highest caliber
May he rest in peace.
May he rest in peace
M J M Peroos
Like Peroos my first experience was nasty.In my case the sharp end of the metal ruler did come down on my bottom at the mechanical drawing/metal work class. However as a junior and a senior cadet I came to know him as a stern man with determination to achieve.Once I believe He had fallen far behind with preparation of his year end class reports etc. he asked myself and another to help out on a .He must have thought that we were good in maths! As it involved lots of additions and standardisation of marks etc.,It was then that I realised what a devout Catholic he was.He grew up as a youngster in Akmeemana ,in very modest circumstances.Anyway his wife -with a little tot-treated us with delicious food.His passion for excellence saw him "head hunted" for the post of principal,at the then fledgling DSSenanayake school -which prospered so much under his stewardship.His subsequent achievements at a national level in education is well known.From humble beginnings he managed to contribute so much to national education -a unique person with purpose and fortitude.
May he R.I.P
Nihal. (NPR Gunasekera)