T.B Jaya

T.B Jaya was born in Galagedara on 1st January 1890.After his primary education, his family moved to Colombo in and he was admitted to St. Thomas College, Mt. Lavinia fro his Secondary Education. After passing the London Matriculation  Examination he became a teacher. While being teacher, he passed the London B. A. Examination.       T.B. Jaya began his teaching career at Dharmaraja College, Candy. Next he taught at Prince of Wales College, Mortuwa and later at Ananda College, Colombo. He was one of the founder members of Zahira College, Colombo. As a result of the requests of Muslim leaders he assumed duties as the principal of Zahira College, Colombo. There were only six 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 Puttlam. After the war these schools developed on their own and became independent schools. Through his vision and efforts he served his community by opening new avenues for education.        In 1924, T.B. jaya was appointed to the Legislative Council to represent the minority communities. He worked in unison with the members’ who represented other 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 Electorare. He was appointed the Minisiter of Labour and Social Service. He joined hands with other leaders in the sttuggle for Indepenbndence.  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 Lanka, specially for his contribution towards the struggle for independence and his service to education





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