At the two schools in Ratmalana there are approximately 400 students. Nearly ninety percent of the students are resident. A number of dormitories have been established over the years and these have been organized according to the sex and the age groups of the children. Most of the dormitories are located above the classrooms.
The schools do not make any charge from parents for the accommodation and meals provided. Many of the children come from modest backgrounds and quite a number from impoverished homes. It is therefore a fact that the quality of living standards and meals that the schools provide are in many cases much higher than what they would experience in their own homes. All the basic amenities have been provided and the schools place a high priority on improving facilities further.
In Jaffna, we adopt similar practices. As at June 2009 we have a total of 138 students and of these 102 reside in the hostel, while the balance commute daily. The fact that the homes of the children are not too far away enable a greater percentage of children at the Nuffield School, Kaithadi, Jaffna, to travel from their homes than at Ratmalana.