The ongoing interim school holiday has been extended by another week and the schools will be reopened for Grade 11, 12 and 13 students on July 27, the Education Ministry said today
The week long school holiday declared during a sudden spike of Covid-19 transmissions earlier this month.
The Director General of Health meanwhile reiterates that at present there is no possibility for the social transmission of Covid-19 within the community.
However, as three students have tested positive for the coronavirus, while a further 200 students and teachers in five districts are in quarantine, the Minstry has decided to extend the special holiday period in order to safeguard students and teachers.
"As three students have tested positive for Covid-19 and the test results of a further 200 students and teachers are pending, the Ministry has decided that the most appropriate decision at this time would be to extend the holiday until July 27," the Ministry in a statement said.
The ministry also said that new dates for the GCE A/L and Grade 5th Scholarship examinations will be announced on Monday (20).
Meanwhile, schools in the Rajanganaya and Welikanda educational divisions will not be reopened before the 10th of August, it said.