June 20, Colombo: all vocational training centers that had been closed due to coronavirus pandemic will be reopened in several stages from July 6th.
The Ministry of Skills Development, Employment and Labor Relations says under the first stage all centers with less than 50 students will be opened at district and regional training centers.
These vocational training centers will be opened according to the health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.
All training institutions registered with the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) are required to obtain concurrence from the respective area Public Health Inspector (PHI) prior to the commencement of academic/training activities at their centers, work premises and branches.
If cafeterias are maintained in those centers, those should be operated on the instructions of the Public Health Inspector of the area.
The TVEC advises to follow the under mentioned guidelines/instructions in addition to national/local health guidelines to keep the centers safe.
All persons within the premises are required to maintain at least 1-meter distance as per the Health Ministry Instructions.
All persons should always wear a suitable facemasks as per the health guidelines.
All are required to wash hands using soap when entering and leaving the center/premises. Advise students not to roam around the premises and ask them to stay in their classroom or workshop/labs as per the timetable. Preferably, there should be one entry & exit points to control the movements of persons.
All are strictly avoid shaking hands, hugging and gatherings.
Body temperature of all persons must be checked when entering to the center/premises with Infra Red (IR) temperature sensor and strictly not to admit any person with high temperature.
If any student shows light symptoms of fever, cough or cold, advise him/her not to come to the institution until it 1s cured . Advise them to stay at home and provide them with training delivery materials through appropriate communication method as much as possible.
If any staff member shows light symptoms of fever, cough or cold, advise him/her not to come to work until it is cured. Wherever possible, encourage them to work from home using online facilities.
Clean the equipment, tools and machineries used by more than one person (like computers, machines, toolsets, table surfaces) frequently. Always wear personal hand gloves during essential practical sessions.
Theory classes can be conducted as per the facilities and 1-meter distance requirement in a classroom and must ensure proper ventilation is provided. Avoid issuing hardcopies of lessons/ presentations and encourage students to write notes or provide them with softcopies.
Practical sessions should be arranged as per the facilities availability and need to allocate session for individuals or for small groups in order to maintain COVID-19 preventive measures.
Students are advised to bring their own meals from home and approval must be obtained to cook food or maintain canteens at the premises.
Before, during and after the assessment, the staff, assessment panel members and students should adhere to recommended health guidelines.
Institutional assessments (continuous assessment) and Final assessments can be done as per the facilities available adhering to health guidelines.
Students are advised to bring minimum personal belongings to the premises.
This guidelines (issued on 08.06.2020) may be changed in the future according to the national guidelines and other requirements.
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