Update – All Schools will be open for Grade 11, 12 & 13 on July 27. Other grades will be open after the election and date will be on August 10. A crucial discussion over schools reopening, held on July 18 with the participation of Education Minister. Sri Lanka Education Ministry decided to reopen schools from July 27 and August 10 under two stages. Schools re-opening dates, Grade 5 scholarship exams date, A/L Exam dates announced at the meeting. On July 13, Schools closed as a precautionary measure.
The Ministry of Education has announced that all government schools which have been given an extended vacation due to the Covid-19 pandemic will resume their education activities for all grades from August 10. All government schools opened for the students in grades 11, 12 and 13 from 27th of July.
However, schools will be held five days a week only for grades 5,10,11,12 and 13. Schools for grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 are held only one day a week.
Meanwhile, it has been decided to bring students to the school based on the number of students in the schools.
All grades will begin on August 10 for schools with less than 200 students.
For schools with more than 200 children, Grade 1 and Grade 5 will be held on Monday, Grade 2 and Grade 5 on Tuesday, and Grade 3 and Grade 5 on Wednesday., and grades 1 and 5 for schools over 200 will be held on Mondays, grades 2 and 5 on Tuesdays, grades 3 and 5 on Wednesdays. .
In addition, schools for grades 4 and 5 will be held on Thursdays and Fridays, according to the Ministry of Education.
Meanwhile, secondary schools with more than 200 students will be held on Mondays for grade 6 through grade 13, on Tuesday from grade 7 to grade 13 and on Wednesdays for grades 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
The Ministry of Education said the secondary schools will be open on Thursdays and Fridays only for grades 9 through grade 13.
The school hours for grades 6, 7, 8 and 9 will be from 07.30 am to 01.30 pm and for grades 10 to 13 it will be from 07.30 am to 3.30 pm, the Ministry of Education said.
Furthermore, from 10.08.2020, all academic staff of the schools will be required to report for duty and in addition to activities related to teaching, they are also responsible for supervision, checking assignments, and healthcare and discipline. The working hours of all the teachers except the teachers who have a schedule till 3.30 p.m. will be from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Meanwhile, school principals have been told not to open school canteens until health officials confirm that the situation is under control.
The Ministry of Education has also decided to grant leave to all government schools during the week of the general election, which is to be held on August 05.
School Holidays / Vacation Dates
According to the above changes made to the dates of conducting schools and holding the examinations, the second school vacation for all schools in the country will start on October 9 and ends on November 14. Third school term will commence on November 16, the Secretary of Education.
Schools across the country will remain closed untill the conclusion of the General Election next month as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus which has to date infected 492 patients from the Kandakadu cluster and reached an overall total of 2,687 patients till last evening.
Authoritative sources said that following discussions, the Health Ministry had recommended the Education Ministry to keep schools closed at least till August 5 during which time the general election will be complete and the virus spread will be well under control. A formal announcement by the Education Ministry will be made later today.
Schools which have been marked for election preparations will be open for election officials to carry out their work.
According to an earlier announcement by the Education Ministry, schools were closed immediately from July 13 to July 17, just weeks after it re-opened, after the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre transformed into a cluster, spreading panic among all citizens.
On July 13, Sri Lanka closes schools- All government schools closed from the July 13th to 17th of July. Government requested from Private schools, International Schools, Catholic private schools and Tuition Classes to close their institutions.
After 113 days, Sri Lanka opened schools on July 6 but recent increase of coronavirus positive cases pushed government to make the latest decision. Sri Lanka’s schools closed from March 18 due to the coronavirus epidemic but as government successfully tackled with no community spread since April 30, Education Ministry reopened schools from July 6.