Sri Lanka Education Ministry will hold talks with the Health Ministry before deciding to hold the GCE Advanced Level and Grade 5 scholarship examinations in August.

Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma says that it was too early to say whether the examinations could be held on schedule or they will be postponed. He said they are hoping to arrive at a decision by June 10.

“Holding national examinations amid the Covid-19 is not possible. Hence, we are awaiting the response of the health authorities,” he said.

The Education Ministry will hold discussions with the health authorities on June 8 and after several rounds of discussions will arrive at a decision.

The final decision when to reopen the schools and whether to conduct the GCE Advanced level and Grade 5 scholarship exams as scheduled on the dates as it announced earlier will be taken at the discussion, the minister said.

Reopening schools and conducting the GCE Advanced Level and Grade 5 scholarship examinations had been the main topic last week at the Cabinet meeting, headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The Education Minister had told the Cabinet that schools cannot be reopened until the health authorities grant permission.

He called upon the public including students to act responsibly and go by the official announcements issued by the Education Ministry and the Examinations Department.

Dullas Alahapperuma says that a decision on the reopening of schools under several phases will be taken next week.

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 4 May, and was again reconsidered as the number of cases kept increasing at an alarming rate over the past few weeks.

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