Sri Lanka Education Ministry decided to reopen schools from June 29 Monday under four stages. Sri Lanka Schools Reopen Delayed due to COVID19..

Ministry has decided to reopen schools from June 29 Monday.

1 – According to the ministry, under first stage all teachers and Principals request to report to schools for the initial preparations.

2- Under second stage, Grade 13, Grade 11 and Grade 5 students request to report schools on July 6.

3- Under the 3rd stage, Grade 10 & 12 students request to report schools on July 20

4- Under the 4th stage, Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 , 8, 9 request to report schools on July 27.

No decision has been taken to reopen schools for Grade One and Two students.

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Earlier it was decided that all schools to reopen on May 11, Monday for the 2nd term. But it was not. First it was scheduled to open on April 20. Then delayed to May 11 and sources says school opening will be further delayed.

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When concerning the prevailing health condition following the Coronavirus outbreak island-wide schools may NOT be reopened on April 20th as scheduled, Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma.

“It is uncertain whether the schools can be reopened by April 20th for the 2nd school term as scheduled earlier due to the Covid 19 outbreak” the Minister said.

The government took measures to commence school vacation a bit earlier as a precautionary measure in view of the Covid 19 pandemic.

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Sri Lanka education ministry has decided to consult health officials before re-opening schools for the second term owing to the current situation surrounding COVID – 19. The first term holidays were advanced to March 13 with the second term set to begin on April 20 following a decision made the ministry last month. However, secretary to the education ministry said the date of re-opening schools is likely to be extended, as the country continues to tighten measures seeking to combat the coronavirus.

Final decision in this regard will be taken upon consultation with health officials.

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.

“It was not a closure of schools , actually what we are doing is bringing the first school term vacation that generally comes in April a bit forward” the Minister said.

Anyhow the students are urged by the Education Ministry to utilize the time by doing their studies with the assistance of e-nenasala the education website of the Ministry. Besides, the students are requested to write a book joining the programme launched by the Ministry under the theme “Ratak Watina Pothak”

Except the students in government schools, students in private and international schools can take part in this project, which was implemented to provide students with a stage for their creativity.   

Under the Ratak Watina Pothak programme it has been scheduled to publish 10,000 such books written by students. The Ministry will provide the necessary guidance and financial assistance to publish these 10,000 books, which have been selected from the hand copied of students written during this school vacation.

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