Update UPDATE November 1– 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 will be taken coming days after A/L Exam concluded.

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.

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.

All schools to close another week. Schools closure extended till July 24. 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.

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.

Sri Lanka School Re Opening Dates & Time Table
Sri Lanka School Re Opening Dates & Time Table

The edu minister said his officials will hold talks with transport authorities in the coming days to prepare a mechanism to provide safe transport for the schoolchildren.

All Government Schools will re-open in four stages from June 29, after being closed due to COVID-19 pandemic, Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma announced. Sri Lanka Government decided to close schools on March 13 following the COVID -19 outbreak, Minister Alahapperuma told a press conference held at the Education Ministry, that schools will reopen for teachers, principals and non-teaching staff on June 29.

“The period from June 29 to July 3 should be used to clean and disinfect school premises and prepare for academic and other activities” he said.

A/L Exam postponed. A/l exam will be held from September 5.

  • June 29 to July 3 used to clean, disinfect premises
  • Grades 11, 13 & 5 to begin on July 6
  • Grades 10, 12 to begin on July 20
  • Grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 to begin on July 27
  • Advanced Level exam from September 7 to October 2
  • Grade 5 scholarship exam on September 13

How schools Reopen ?

Schools will be only open for the academic staff at first, the non-academic staff later, after which Advanced Level (A/L) students, and then other students.

Ministry of Education Director – Health and Nutrition Renuka Peiris explained that all educational institutes, state-owned and privately owned, will follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services when schools are permitted to reopen.

“We are looking at allocating funds for 5,000 schools initially to purchase the necessary equipment to facilitate handwashing. The allocations will be released next week once the Minister signs off on the request. We are also partnering up with the Sri Lanka Red Cross and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), with which selected schools will work closely to be trained in following the guidelines.”

Sri Lanka Red Cross will also use these schools as a model to observe the effectiveness of their training, how well the school system could adapt to employing precautions, and how well the equipment would be maintained by the schools.

Students will be especially trained to sanitise their classroom furniture such as their own desks and chairs and any educational instruments they use during their time at school. Peiris also noted that a set of guidelines with detailed instructions will be published on Monday (4). In addition, the provincial and zonal directors of education from each area have been instructed to report back to the Ministry of Education on the level of preparedness of each school within the coming week.


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