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* Sri Lanka extends school holidays by another week for the safety of students
Sat, Jul 18, 2020, 08:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

  • The new dates for the GCE Advanced Level and 5th Grade Scholarship Examination will be announced next Monday (20)
  • Schools start on July 27 for students in grades 11, 12 and 13
  • No schools in Rajanganaya and Welikanda Education Divisions will be open before August 10.
  • July 18, Colombo: Several rounds of discussions were held between the education and health authorities as the week-long school holidays, which were aimed solely at the safety of children, are due to end on Monday (20).

    The Director General of Health Services is confident that there is currently no room for a "Social Transmission" of the COVID-19 virus in Sri Lanka as media reports.

    However, considering the current quarantine of school children and nearly 200 teachers in five (05) districts of the island, and the fact that their PCR reports will be released in the next few days and that three children are currently infected, the Ministry of Education, with the objective of running the schools without any hindrance or danger has decided that isolating school children from society for another week is the most meaningful course of action that can be taken to ensure their safety

    Accordingly, the Ministry of Education has decided that July 27 as the most suitable date for the resumption of schools.

    However, only students in grades 11, 12 and 13 should attend school during that week. The Director General of Health Services recommends that the first Monday after the election, August 10, be the best time to open other grades in the school.

    However, the relevant provincial authorities have been instructed not to open any schools in the Rajanganaya and Welikanda education divisions before August 10.

    Also, the Ministry of Education, which has considered the requests made by the majority of students and teachers, will announce the new dates for the GCE Advanced Level Examination and the 5th Grade Scholarship next Monday (July 20). The Ministry of Education has a patriarchal feeling about the attitudes and aspirations of children who are distracted by the pressures and stress of the GCE Advanced Level examination.

    The Ministry of Education cordially urged the millions of Sri Lankan student community to return to school as well as to the examination halls with great confidence, challenging the disruption caused to education by the shock and fright of the global epidemic. “Your esteemed teachers and principals will surely give you the courage and guidance you need,” the Ministry said in a statement.


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