UPDATE December 22- Grades 1 to 5 of all schools and Pre Schools except in Western Province & isolated areas to reopen on 11 January (Monday) 2021 -Education Minister.

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.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo yesterday, the Education Minister said that the Ministry arrived at this decision following an extensive discussion with Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Health Services Director General and other stakeholders over the current situation. He said that the Ministry is exploring the possibility of opening schools in the Western Province and isolated areas in due course.

“We are reviewing the situation in these areas every 10 days and pride of place is given to the children’s health when a decision is taken with regard to the reopening of schools,” he said.

The Minister added that the Education Ministry has already put in place a programme to ensure that all schools are following hygienic measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “The Ministry has already provided funds to the tune of Rs. 105 million to Government schools for the purchase of necessary equipment under two stages,” he added.

He added that the UNICEF and World Health Organisation have agreed to provide 2,193 thermometers. “The parents have a responsibility to keep the children at home if they have developed any symptoms of sickness or if a family member is ill or waiting the results of a PCR test.”

All schools excluding those in the Western Province & Lockdown areas will re-open for Grades 06 – 13 from November 23.

All schools excluding those in the Western Province & Lockdown areas will re-open for Grades 06 – 13 from 23rd November, said Education Minister Professor G. L. Peiris.

The 03rd term for schools in Colombo, Gampaha, and Kalutara will not commence on the 23rd of November, he said.

In addition, students from those districts cannot move to other districts, under any circumstance, he noted adding, no student will be allowed to enter these districts as well.

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.

Reopening of Sri Lanka government schools to be postponed due to present coronavirus spike situation in the country, according to ministry of education sources. Education Ministry secretary, Prof Kapila Perera has told to “Silumina newspaper” that due to the outbreak of COVID19, schools cannot be reopened as scheduled. Schools were scheduled to reopen on 9 November. Current school vacation was declared a week earlier in early last month as 2nd wave of COVID 19 outbreak started in Sri Lanka on 4 October. Education ministry sought health ministry recommendations last week to reopening of schools. Final decision is based on health ministry recommendations, but it is unlikely that health authorities allow school reopening soon, well informed sources said.

Sri Lanka Education Ministry announced Government and Private International Schools opening / Vacation / Holidays Term end / starts dates. All schools in Sri Lanka closed until further notice . All schools in Sri Lanka closed until further notice. 2nd school term holidays will commence October 5 : Education Ministry.

2nd school term holidays commence from October 5 : Education Ministry. All international schools and Catholic schools islandwide will also follow Government directive & close from Monday (05 Oct). 2nd school term holidays will commence from October 6 : Education Ministry.

All tuition classes in Colombo and Gampaha District will be closed from (Monday) until further notice – Education Ministry / Adaderana #LKA #SriLanka #COVID19SL

All schools in Sri Lanka closed until further notice. 2nd school term holidays will commence October 5 : Education Ministry.


The Ministry of Education has decided to open schools and conduct as usual in five days a week under two stages while following the health recommendations.
Accordingly, it has been decided to start the classes for Grades 6 to 13 from September 2 (from 7.30 am to 1.30 pm) and to commence normally all the schools including the primary classes from September 8.

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.

Holding of grade 5 scholarship examination, G.C.E. Advanced Level examination and G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination scheduled for 2020.
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.

Sri Lanka Schools open vacation term dates announce

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

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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