The man of struggle for independence
T. B Jaya was born in Galagedara on 1st January 1890. After his primary education his family moved to Colombo and he was admitted to send Thomas College in Mount lavinia for his Secondary Education. After passing the London matriculation examination he became a teacher. While being a teacher he passed the London BA examination. T.B Jaya began his teaching career at Dharmaraja college, Kandy. Next he taught at Prince of Wales college Moratuwa and later at Ananda College, Colombo. he was one of the Founder members of Zahira college in Colombo. As a result of the requests of Muslim leaders he assumed duties as the principal of Zahira college, Colombo. There were only 6 teachers at the time. Through his devotion, dedication and selfless service, he was able to bring up Zahira college to the level of other leading schools in the country. Many philanthropists helped him with the funds necessary, to develop the school in every aspect. During the Second World War, T.B Jaya established branches of Zahira college in Gampola, Matale, Aluthgama and Puttalam. After the war these schools developed on their own and became independent schools. Through his vision and efforts he served his community e bi opening new avenues for education. In 1924, T.B Jaya was appointed to the the legislative counsel to represent the minority communities. He worked in unison with the members who represented other communities. From 1936 to 1947, he served in the state Council. When Sri Lanka was given Dominion status he represented the Colombo Central electorate. He was appointed the minister of labour and social service. He joined hands with other leaders in the struggle for independence. In 1950 he was appointed as the high Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Pakistan. He died in 1960, falling ill on a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest place for all muslims. He is remembered by every Sri Lankan, specially for his contribution towards the struggle for independence and his service to education. As the Sri Lankans we all have to appreciate his great service well.
by Sachini Sooriyaarachchi
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