UPDATE Sri Lanka School Vacation Holidays News

  • 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.

UPDATE Sri Lanka School Vacation Holidays News

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.

2020 A/L Examination will be held from October 12 to November 6.
Grade five scholarship exam will be held on October 11.

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.

Sri Lanka Education Ministry decided to reopen schools from August 10. Sri Lanka Schools Reopen Delayed due to COVID19..

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.

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.


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.


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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Schools reopening delay

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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