The Joseph Vaz College of Wennappuwa (commonly known as Joseph Vaz College) was founded in January 1935. It is considered to be a leading Public School in Sri Lanka. It is a National School, meaning that it is funded by the central government as opposed to the Provincial Council providing both primary and secondary education; With a student population of almost 4000 and the tutorial staff consists of 120 teachers.
Joseph Vaz College has produced many distinguished alumni, Over this island and throughout the globe holding responsible posts in various fields of work quite efficiently. The College has achieved much during the past few decades that it can look back and be happy with justifiable pride.
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