UPDATE January 11All schools in Sri Lanka except in the Western Province and other isolated areas will be open for grades 2-13 from January 11. The Minister of Education Professor G.L. Peiris said that the grade 11 of the schools in the Western Province will be started from 25th of January except the schools in locked down police areas due to covid reason.

The Education Ministry decided to re-open Government schools for primary students from Grade 1–5, except schools in the Western Province and isolated areas, on January 11. Ministry is exploring the possibility of opening schools in the Western Province and isolated areas in due course.

The third term of Government schools that had already been opened will end on December 23 and academic activities of these schools for 2021 will begin on January 11.

According to Education Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, permission has already been granted for the reopening of pre- schools and day care centres in all provinces except Western Province on January 11.

All schools excluding those in the Western Province & Lockdown areas will re-open for Grades 06 – 13 from November 23. Sri Lanka Education Ministry has sought recommendations from Health officials whether schools are reopening or not on November 9. Earlier it was planned to re-open schools on the 09th of November. Final decision taken November 18 and it was announced today. All schools excluding those in the Western Province & Lockdown areas will re-open for Grades 06 – 13 from November 23.

Sri Lanka Schools Re-Open Vacation Term end starts dates announced

  • Grade 5 scholarship Examination 2020 October 11
  • Advanced Level examination October 12 to November 6.
  • Schools will be closed from October 10 to November 8.
  • Third school term will start from November 9 and ends on December 23.
  • The year-end school vacation will start on December 24 and it will last till January 1, 2021.
  • New school term of the year 2021 will commence on January 4.
  • Ordinary Level examination 2021 January 18 to January 27.
  • This time period will be a special vacation for all schools.
  • A study leave period will be given from January 1, 2021 to January 17 only to the students sitting for G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.
  • The schools will be reopened from February 1, 2021 after the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.


It has been decided to hold the grade 5 scholarship examination on 11.10.2020 that is scheduled to be held in the year 2020 and the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examination will be held from 12th October to 06th of November. Accordingly, the schools will be closed from 10th October to 08th of November 2020.

The third school term will start from 09th of November 2020 and ends on 23rd of December 2020. The year-end school vacation will start on 24th of December and it will last till 01st of January 2021. Accordingly, the new school term of the year 2021will commence on 04th of January.

The G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination scheduled for the year 2020 will be held from 18.01.2020 to 27.01.2020. This time period will be a special vacation for all schools. A study leave period will be given from 01st of January 2021 to 17th of January 2021 only to the students sitting for G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.

  • Grade 5 scholarship examination 11 OCTOBER 2020
  • A/L Exam 12 October to 08 November 2020.   
  • Third school term start from 09th of November 2020 and ends on 23rd of December 2020.
  • The year-end school vacation 24th of December and last till 01st of January 2021.
  • New school term commence 04th of January 2021
  • O/L Exam from January 18 January 27.

Sri Lanka School Vacation Holidays News

All government and private schools in Sri Lanka will be reopened from February 1st, 2021 after the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.

Schools will close for the third term holidays on Christmas Eve while the GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2020 will be held from January 18.

The GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2020 will be held from 18 – 28 January 2021.

Education Minister, Professor G.L. Peiris said students sitting for the examination will be granted leave from 01-18 January 2021. The third term school vacation for all government and semi- government schools will commence from 24 December 2020. The new academic term for the year 2021 will commence from 04 January 2021, he added. The GCE Ordinary Level Examinations 2020 has been moved from December 2020 to January 2021 due to schools being temporarily closed from March for over two months due to the coronavirus pandemic and later in August for the General Elections 2020. (Via Colombo Gazette)

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