More about C W W Kannangara
During the unfortunate British riots in 1915, many innocent people were arrested and he defended those innocent people without any remuneration. C W W Kannangara was elected to the Legislative Council and he became the President of the Ceylon National Congress also. He encouraged to teach Sinhala at all schools. And worked to ensure that education was provided with equal opportunities for all children in the country, irrespective of social class, economic condition, religion and ethnic origin. From 1931 to 1947, he was the minister of Education in the State Council and he worked to establish the University of Peradeniya and introduced the Central schools concept.
During these years, there was a remarkable progress in the sphere of education. And he worked to give free mid-day meal for school children also. Dr. C W W Kannangara did a massive service in Sri Lankan Education and in 1947, he introduced the Free Education Scheme. For this scheme, many people opposed, but he didn’t stop helping schools, he continued with his giant endeavour with eminent courage. But due to have many rivals, he lost his seat at the parliamentary election. But again in 1952, he was elected to the parliament from Agalawaththa seat. He didn’t take any personal or unwanted benefits from his political powers. Dr. C W W Kannangara survived his rest of life by his pension only. In 1969, he was died after completing 83 years. Dr. CC W W Kannangara is a great, colourful and illustrious statesman worthy of emulation by present and future generations!