Sri Lanka Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma says that children will be brought to the schools only after assuring 100% safety of children. He further said he would discuss with the health authorities on the reopening of schools. Special meeting will be held on May 26th. At the meeting government will decide when schools are re-opening.

Minister of Education says schools will not reopen until the safety of students has been 100 percent ensured

Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma has urged for various groups circulating false claims / fake news pertaining to the national programme implemented by the government for the safety of children to refrain from doing so. Speaking at a discussion Minister Alahapperuma said, the government will provide funds to all schools to enhance sanitary facilities.

Parents – Do NOT Panic

The Minister also says that schools will NOT reopen until the safety of students has been 100% ensured. Minister Alahapperuma said parents therefore need not create an unnecessary fear when schools reopen. Education Minister requested politicians and trade union representatives to refrain from spreading fakenews / false rumours based on various aspects.

One of the most common question asked by students and parents these days is “When Reopen schools and universities in Sri Lanka? There have been many discussions and communiques over how the country should return to normalcy amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and the students in the country is now feeling pressurized with the indecisiveness on school and university reopening dates.

When Schools Reopening in Sri Lanka?

Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma says that a decision is yet to be made on the date schools will reopen, and it will be based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and advice of the health authorities. Special meeting will be held May 26.

Government to supply Sink / Hand Basins, Thermometers, Hospital Bed or Patient Bed to all schools.

Once schools are subjected to a sterilization process, Principals and Teachers will be asked to report to schools first.

As the second phase, the schools will be open students facing the G.C.E. A/L exam and O/L examination. After that other grades and finally primary sections will be opened.

Schools were originally scheduled to reopen on 20 April, which was then postponed to May 11, and was again reconsidered as the number of cases kept increasing at an alarming rate over the past few weeks.

Education Ministry says in a statement that there is NO truth in the news reported by some print media, Social Media and websites that the Ministry of Education is planning to re-open schools for all grades by June 1. 

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry said that selected schools will be disinfected before the commencement of the second term. Schools which were used as quarantine centres will also be disinfected, the ministry noted.


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