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Secretary to the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka had advised to halt / ban all functions held at schools with immediate effect. This decision has been taken with regard to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country. Issuing a press release, the Ministry of Education further stated that the Ministry had received information on various events and functions being held in schools disregarding the current COVID-19 situation in the country.

Secretary to the Ministry of Education – Professor Kapila Perera said everyone should be careful and vigilant about the health and safety of all school children and teachers at present.

The Ministry of Education today issuing a statement clarified its order on certain events and programs that can and cannot be held in schools.

The Ministry of Education has banned the participation of large numbers of children in events held outside the school premises, such as peraheras, traffic parades and demonstrations, and the participation of students in health-hazardous activities organized in a manner that is in contact with outsiders.

However, the ban does not apply to the co-curricular activities organized in the school (such as speech competitions, debate competitions, tree planting programs), Sports events recommended by the Ministry of Health, programs to develop student attitudes and skills that do not gather a large numbers of students; official state ceremonies for school development and programs that can be organized in accordance with health guidelines while maintaining social distance.

Helping Your Children Cope During a Pandemic

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Helping Your Children Cope During a Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has uprooted our lives, but it has altered the lives of our kids as well. Therapy can help both children and adults significantly and if you are interested in learning more, check out this article on interpersonal therapy. The effects of quarantine, social distancing, working and schooling from home, and masks are seeping quickly into our day to day lives.

The “new normal” is here and we have to learn to cope with it. Children often have a harder time knowing how to deal with their emotions, so it is good to know how to help them as their parent or guardian.

The Pandemic and Children

Research indicates that children are developing feelings of sadness, anxiety, and fear. They are more likely now to be afraid of death and isolation. Children have less opportunity for social interaction because, as important as it is, parents do not want to put them at unnecessary risk.

Schools have been closed or operate solely online. If they are open, masks and social distancing have been implemented for safety. Children are now experiencing much of the same mental effects of the pandemic as adults. Humans are social animals, and the pandemic has made it difficult to find interaction.

Children also do not have the same stress and emotion management techniques that adults possess. Sometimes these bottled-up emotions are represented through irritability and anger.

Helping Your Child Cope

There are a lot of things you can easily do to help your child deal with their emotions and remain happy even during these tough times.

 Love and Affection

One of the most important things you can do is to show your children lots of love and affection. Try to be a role model so that their perception of the environment remains positive. You may also have more time around your children if you are working from home. This is especially true if your children are learning at home too.


Children also require structure, so even if they are not going to school it is best to have a daily routine in place. Try to spend quality time with them to separate school/work life from family life. It is also important to go outside and interact with nature to deal with the isolation.

It may also be a good idea to discuss daily schedules with your children. Giving them the chance to participate and tell you their needs and desires can help them feel needed and in control.


It is important to speak with your children about their feelings as well as Covid-19. Always speak truthfully and try not to be condescending. Speak in a way that they can understand and identify with. Make sure they understand that they can talk to you at any time.

Open-ended questions can help ease your child into expressing their emotions. You can ask how they are feeling about their experiences. This is a great way to talk to any age group and you need to continue talking to them through the years because their feelings will change drastically over time.

It is important that you address the pandemic itself. Ask about their concerns, worries, and fears about the virus and the changes it has caused. You can also use this as a time to educate them about washing their hands, covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze, and other personal hygiene necessities.


There are mindfulness techniques that are meant specifically for children. Teaching your child how to meditate can be fun and provide them with a way to cope with their stress for the rest of their lives. There are even some games and activities that can help ease them into mindfulness slowly.

In Conclusion

There is a lot you can do to help your kids deal with their emotions and manage their day to day lives during the pandemic. Always be sure to treat them as people and be aware of their age. Speak to them, show them that you love and care about them, and provide them with the support they need during the abnormal times. They, like us, have experienced strong emotions tied to the virus and need reassurance.

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

All schools in the Western Province will be reopened on March 15 Education Minister

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All schools in the Western Province will be reopened on March 15 Education Minister. The Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris said that all schools in all three districts of the Western Province will be opened on March 15 for all grades starting from the first grade.

Speaking further the Minister said, the Ministry has received recommendations from the Regional Coordinating Committees regarding the opening of schools in the Western Province.

“We decided that it was not appropriate for the Ministry of Education in general to make a decision as the situation varies from school to school. Accordingly the school committees led by the principals obtained the views of the committees. According to the decision of those committees, we hoped that the majority of schools in the Western Province would be able to open on February 15. However, we were of the view that the recommendations could be implemented subject to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health.”

The Minister said this morning they received the recommendation of the Director General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the Director General of Health, Dr. Asela Gunawardena has informed that it would be more appropriate to start all schools in all three districts of the Western Province on March 15, immediately after the GCE Ordinary Level Examination, which will be held from March 01 to 11.

“We, the education authorities and the health authorities all worked together to create a conducive environment for schools to start. We have been able to create a healthier environment in schools after continuing to meet and make those decisions,” the Minister said.

Accordingly, the health authorities recommend that all schools in the Western Province should start from March 15 for all grades. Schools for children entering Grade 1 in the year 2021 will also start from March 15.

This decision is valid for international schools and government approved private schools in the Western Province. Schools in other parts of the country are currently operating, and this decision does not apply to those schools, the Minister clarified.

The Grade 11 classes that have commenced their studies in the Western Province are now functioning as usual and the academic activities for that grade will be stopped two weeks before the commencement of the O / L examination.

The Minister further stated that the school attendance percentage of students in the schools which have been started in the island has increased to 72% and the attendance of teachers has increased to 88%. “It confirms the confidence of parents and students that the schools are maintained in a healthy manner,” Prof. Peiris said.

U.S. Government Supports 120 Schools to Protect Student Health During COVID-19

U.S. Government Supports 120 Schools to Protect Student Health During COVID-19
USA Government Supports 120 Schools to Protect Student Health During COVID-19

The United States America, in coordination with zonal and provincial education and health services authorities, is setting up health rooms at 120 schools around Sri Lanka, an initiative to support the health and well-being of thousands of Sri Lankan students. The health rooms promote Ministry of Education recommendations to ensure basic precautionary measures against COVID-19 and will include beds, mattresses, first aid kits, portable screens, and water dispensers. The rooms enable isolation and related care for students if needed, in a statement US Embassy Colombo.

Located in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Moneragala, and Gampaha, the health rooms will promote the well-being of students even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Students will be able to have their vision checked and access other health services. The health rooms were supported through the U.S. Government’s development agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“For more than 50 years, the United States’ global health programs have saved lives, protected people most vulnerable to disease, and promoted stable communities,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz. “We’re helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 by supporting health authorities in their isolation of suspected cases and by promoting the overall health of students in rural areas of Sri Lanka.”

The United States is helping Sri Lanka combat COVID-19 by preparing laboratory systems, activating case-finding and event-based surveillance, and supporting technical experts for response and preparedness. The health rooms are part of more than $6 million in COVID-19 assistance the United States has provided to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka conveys its gratitude to India for Covid19 vaccine gift

Sri Lanka receives 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from India
Sri Lanka receives 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from India

Expressing its gratitude for India’s help in a time of need, Sri Lanka has thanked New Delhi for its gift of 5 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses. The island-nation received the consignment of Covishield vaccines from India on Thursday, reports IndiaNewsNetwork

A statement from the Sri Lankan President’s office stated that vaccination is set to commence from January 29 at six main hospitals in the Western Province. The island-nation has prioritized 150,000 health workers, 120,000 members of tri-forces, police and security forces, the release added.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took to Twitter to acknowledge India’s help. He said, “Received 500,000 Covid-19 vaccines provided by people of India at BIA today (28). Thank you PM Shri Narendra Modi and people of India for the generosity shown towards people of Sri Lanka at this time in need.”

India’s gift of vaccines was handed over to President Rajapaksa at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay in a programme titled ‘Vaccine Maitri- Gifting of India’s Covishiled Vaccines to Sri Lanka’.

The vaccines, weighing about 1,323 kg, will initially be stored at the airport’s cold storage facilities before being transported in refrigerated vehicles to 25 districts at a temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius.

India has supplied a consignment of 500,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India. Sri Lanka’s drug regulatory authority had earlier this month approved emergency use of the Covishield Vaccine.

The vaccines that reached Colombo on Thursday are India’s gift to the island-nation under its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative, under which it has supplied vaccines to seven other countries in the South Asian region.

The supply of vaccines by India is a fulfillment of the promise made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during the bilateral summit held in September last year.

Prime Minister Modi had pledged all possible support to the island-nation for minimizing health and economic impact of the pandemic.

Sri Lanka is an important constituent of India’s Neighbourhood First policy. In keeping with this policy, New Delhi launched Operation Vaccine Maitri under which it supplied Covid-19 vaccines to Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had paid a three-day state visit to Sri Lanka in January and had discussed cooperation for post-Covid health and economic recovery. Jaishankar had received a formal request from Sri Lanka for India’s assistance in obtaining the Covid vaccines.

Source – IndiaNewsNetwork

India to dispatch 500000 doses of Covishield vaccine to Sri Lanka

India and Sri Lanka relations will receive a major boost when India supplied consignment of 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, will reach Colombo
India and Sri Lanka relations will receive a major boost when India supplied consignment of 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, will reach Colombo

India and Sri Lanka relations will receive a major boost when India supplied consignment of 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, will reach Colombo on Thursday, reports IndiaNewsNetwork.

These doses of vaccine are given to Sri Lanka by India as a gift under its “Vaccine Maitri” initiative, a move under which New Delhi has provided vaccines to seven other countries in the South Asian region.

Such humanitarian gesture amid the pandemic showcases India’s commitment to its “Neighbourhood First” policy and SAGAR doctrine in which Sri Lanka has a prominent position.

The delivery of the Covid-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka is a fulfillment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment made to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during the virtual bilateral summit held in September 2020 for all possible support to Sri Lanka for minimizing the health and economic impact of the pandemic.

Sri Lanka has finalized the priority list of vulnerable groups including healthcare workers and armed personnel, who will be first to receive the vaccine. Sri Lanka approved emergency use of the vaccine on January 23, 2021.

In line with Prime Minister Modi’s statement that India sees international cooperation in the area of fight against the Covid 19 pandemic as its duty, New Delhi has played the role of the first responder in the region.

It has extended a US $ 400-million currency swap facility to Sri Lanka to ensure financial stability of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has also gifted approximately 26 tons of essential life saving medicines and equipment to the island nation. India was the first to send such a consignment on-board two special Air India aircrafts.

India also facilitated the repatriation of several hundred Sri Lankan citizens from various Indian cities. Cooperation in maritime security and HADR is a hallmark of the close partnership between India and Sri Lanka.

On September 3, 2020 Mt New Diamond, a crude carrier carrying 2.4 lakh tons of crude oil caught fire, off the east coast of Sri Lanka.

Indian Coast Guard responded immediately and after concerted efforts by 7 Indian Coast Guard ships, 1 Indian Navy ship and 3 Dorniers, the fire was brought under control by September 9, 2020.

A major environmental disaster was averted due to the quick and timely action by India. The Sri Lankan President himself tweeted and expressed his gratitude to the Indian Defense Forces for their efforts in controlling the fires in MT New Diamond and appreciated their contribution in conserving Marine biodiversity by preventing a disastrous situation out in the ocean.

Amid this, what has been significant between India and Sri Lanka has been continued high-level exchanges despite Covid related restrictions.

A virtual bilateral summit was held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on September 26, 2020.

It was Prime Minister Modi’s first such virtual engagement with a neighbouring country and also Rajapaksa’s first diplomatic engagement with a leader of a foreign country after he was sworn in as the Prime Minister on August 9, 2020.

The virtual summit was preceded by the state visits of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to India in November 2019 and February 2020 respectively.

Since then also, leaders have kept in close touch and spoken to each other on telephone on several occasions including in the context of cooperation to tackle the health and economic impact of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

At the invitation of Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence Secretary, Maj Gen (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visited Colombo to participate in the 4th NSA Level Meeting on Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation on November 27-28, 2020.

The meeting provided an opportunity for discussion on issues pertaining to cooperation in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.

As his first foreign visit in 2021, and also the first by a foreign dignitary to Sri Lanka in the New Year, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka from 5-7 January 2021 upon the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena.

During the visit, the Sri Lankan side requested India for urgent delivery of Covid vaccines. The supply of 5 lakh doses is a fulfilment of that request.

Source – www.indianewsnetwork.com

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Western Province Schools to open by February 15

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Sri Lanka Education Ministry is hoping to re-open the schools in the Western Province (WP) by February 15, Education Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera said. Western Province Schools to open by February 15.

He said the Education Ministry should act based on the information received from the non-health risk schools and accordingly could commence educational activities in other schools in the rest of the areas in the WP. Hence, such recommendations should be submitted to the Ministry before February 10.

Based on that, decision will be taken subsequent to the recommendation by the Director General of Health. He said the District Development Committees will meet on January 28, 29 and February 1 to take appropriate decisions regarding the commencement of schools with the participation of the Regional Health Officers.

Accordingly, it was revealed that there are 1,576 schools in 11 education zones in the WP, from those schools, nearly 79,000 children are scheduled to sit for the GCE Ordinary Level Examination scheduled to be held in March, he said.

The Health authorities have agreed to open 907 schools in the WP from January 25 for the students who will appear for the O/L Examination this year, he said.

It was decided at a discussion held at the Ministry yesterday about the commencement of schools for other grades in the WP after consulting all parties including the Government Agents, Divisional Secretaries and Chairmen of the Regional Development Institutions in each District, Prof. Perera added. Source – DailyMirror

Popular Schools Cut Off Marks at Grade 5 Scholarship Exam release

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Sri Lanka Education Ministry release the Grade Five Scholarship cut off marks for popular schools.

Popular Schools Cut Off Marks at Grade 5 Scholarship Exam release.
📌Visakha Vidyalaya 194
📌Royal College 193
📌Dharmaraja College 192
📌Devi Balika 191
📌Ananda College 191
📌Maliyadeva Balika 191
📌Maliyadeva Boys 191

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Christmas Star Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn visible to Sri Lanka on December 21

Sri Lankans can see Christmas Star Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn visible to Sri Lanka on December 21 night
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Good News for Sky Lovers Sky Gazers! Christmas Star Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn visible to Sri Lanka on December 21 night. A rare lifetime celestial phenomenon in the western skies on December 21st : Jupiter and Saturn may appear almost like an elongated ball of light.

‘Great Conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn on Dec 21st

A very rare celestial phenomenon will take place on December 21st night when the two biggest planets of the solar system, Jupiter and Saturn comes closure to each other probably appearing them as a big elongated single planet.

You can look at the western skies these days after the Sunset and you will see the two planets are gradually coming closer to each other and the closet approach will occur on 21st December 2020 when the two planets will be separated by just about one-tenth of a degree or 6.1 arc minutes. On December 21st the two planets will set down at 8.14 p.m. Therefore, to watch this spectacular event, it is better to select a place where you can see the western skies clearly without much trees or buildings. About 30 minutes after the sunset, say from 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. period, look at the western skies closer to the horizon and towards somewhat northwest direction, you would see the two planets, perhaps as a double star or an elongated ball of light. Naked eye observation is possible or you may use a binocular.

In their elliptical movement around the Sun, the Jupiter passes the Saturn in a conjunction every 19.6 years, so the event is already rare, but on this December 21, the event will be the closest in the recent history. The last time these two planets appeared so close was 397 years ago, on July 16, 1623, when they were only 5 arc minutes apart. That was 13 years after Galileo built his first astronomical telescope and discovered the four large moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and Sunspots among other discoveries.

Astonishingly, we will get another conjunction of the two planets with 6-arc minute separation in 60 years time, on March 15, 2080 said Prof. Chandana Jayaratne.

Xmas / Christmas Star Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn visible to Sri Lanka on December 21