Over 10,300 schools, including National, Provincial and Semi-Govt. schools across the country would be closed for educational activities today as a part of extensive three-day dengue prevention campaign, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
Minister Kariyawasam said he had instructed the officials that all schools should be closed for educational activities today.
He said two circulars have been issued in this regard. One circular was issued to close the schools for education purposes on Friday in order to conduct the campaign. The second circular that was issued instructing the principals to organize a dengue prevention campaign each Sunday during the August school vacation.
Principals have also been instructed to clean the school premises during the last two days prior to the schools reopen.
Accordingly, the students have been permitted to come to schools today clad in decent clothes which is appropriate for cleaning activities, the Minister said. Also the Ministry had discussed with the three armed forces and they had assured to provide their support for the dengue prevention campaigns. The cleaning activities in schools should be done as ‘Shramadana’.
Minister Kariyawasam requested all principals, teachers, parents, past pupils associations and the people of the area to assist the students to help clean the premises.
Moreover, the ministry has said that they were unable to intervene the International School Management, but said it would be appreciable if they too take part in this prevention activities to safeguard the children of their schools. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
People are fined, children have to clean schools but municipal and local govt. authorities don't clean drains or stagnant waterways and canals !!! Walk on the roads and see!! Don't the PHI'S IN THESE AREAS HAVE EYES!
MP Friday, 28 July 2017 12:55 PM
Correct what you say! PHIs have eyes, but they behave as bosses of the public. They demand the public to clean the public drains and say if the public fails, that they would take legal action. The PHIs served Red Notice to residents at Daham Mawathe, Maharagama. They come inside the houses too. Is this a country?
Tom Cruse Jr Friday, 28 July 2017 08:04 AM
check all ministries
Lanka Perera Friday, 28 July 2017 08:08 AM
Minister, when are you going to clean up the government offices that breed moquitoes...Come to Battaramulla area and see their backyards.
BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 28 July 2017 08:37 AM
So after these dates we forget about dengue control activities until the next batch of deaths commence and then we will have another "party" of activities for a few days to show the public we are doing "something".
ceylon Friday, 28 July 2017 10:58 AM
traditional srilankan way.first allow to spreadthen war to stop. via DM Android App
Leo Friday, 28 July 2017 02:15 PM
The School children have to clean as shramadana yet the CMC organised smoke machines have to pay him Rs.1000 to smoke the area. via DM Android App
s.balasingam Friday, 28 July 2017 03:31 PM
The current practice of cleaning the premises and existing structures would not eradicate breeding of mosquitoes. There should be a continuous process undertaken by a person specially assigned for the overall upkeep of the premises of all schools throughout the year. As such, there should be a Caretaker assigned for the maintenance of the premises and structures throughout the year. The Caretaker must be a resident near to the school and the person shall be from the Samurthi beneficiary. The Caretaker needs not to be a full -time employee; but he/she should be made responsible for the utmost cleanliness of the premises. The principal shall provide a checklist of tasks to the Caretaker and monitor the performance. The Caretaker must be paid an allowance of Rs.10,000/- 15,000/ month. As such, a dedicated fund should be established with contributions from parents, and govt including other well-wishers. This method is being practised successfully in NWP for the maintenance of 750 small tanks
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