Sept 24, Colombo: A technical committee has been set up jointly by the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to recommend a methodology for reopening schools and according to the decisions taken by the committee, schools will be reopened in four phases in the future, said the Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Prof. Kapila Perera.
He was speaking at a media briefing organized by the Government Information Department today (24) to inform the public about the reopening of schools after the Covid menace.
As children under the age of 12 do not need to be vaccinated, 3,884 schools with only grades 1 to 5 will be started in the first phase when schools reopen with the alleviation of Covid menace.
Prof. Perera said that children between the ages of 12-15 and 16-19 will be vaccinated with the full approval of the pediatrician as soon as the decision of the technical committee is received.
Provincial, district and local level officials involved in the field of education and health will be asked about the preparations for the resumption of schools in the respective provinces and districts within the next week.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Education stated that taking these views into consideration, the schools will be reopened as per the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the recommendations of the Ministry of Education after the travel restrictions lifted.