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.

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