Sri Lanka Education Ministry decided to open schools from June 29 Monday under four 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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