All Govt. schools closed till April 20: Minister

Private and International Catholic schools closed from March 13 to April 20.

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All government schools in the country will be closed from tomorrow to April 20 to avoid spreading unnecessary fears of COVID-19 among school children and their parents, Education Minister Dullas Alahaperuma said.

While addressing the media he said the Ministry had decided to close schools for the first term school vacation a bit early.

The Ministry yesterday requested to suspend all school educational trips temporarily following the Coronavirus threat in the country, the Minister said.

The Minister requested all private schools, Pirivenas and other private educational centres to follow suit for the protection of students.

The Minister requested all school principals to decide on the holding of big matches and also requested parents and children to avoid visiting public places and stay at home.

Meanwhile, Buddhist Affairs Commissioner-General Sunanda Kariyapperuma said he had advised not to hold any Sunday Schools (Daham Pasal) until April 26.

However, all Private and International Catholic schools under the Archbishop would also be closed from March 13 to April 20 following directions by the General Manager of Catholic Schools.

Keeping in line with the decision of the Education Ministry, the National Catholic Centre for Social Communication said all Private and International Catholic schools under the Archbishop would also be closed from March 13 to April 20. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Shafraz Thursday, 12 March 2020 02:52 PM

    People shouldn't try to enjoy this holiday and travel. Better stay home. Probability for spreading the virus is higher when people travel.

    Od asrephens Thursday, 12 March 2020 02:59 PM

    International schools???

    Hans perlee Thursday, 12 March 2020 03:03 PM

    Then you should order everybody to stay at home. What you do now is useless. But what can you expect from uneducated people. The white candy come

    Lalu Thursday, 12 March 2020 03:57 PM

    Do not worry. Liquor shops are open as usual for elders

    Big match fever Thursday, 12 March 2020 03:30 PM

    Big matches are important however should postpone until further notice. No tuition. Restrict assembly of people too.

    K .varatha Thursday, 12 March 2020 03:34 PM

    All tuition classes and big matches must stoped immediately.

    Mohamed Thursday, 12 March 2020 04:01 PM

    What about private classes? Bonus income for tution class teachers!

    Noname Thursday, 12 March 2020 04:05 PM

    Tuition classes?

    mohamed Thursday, 12 March 2020 04:15 PM

    Good and proactive measure welld one !! stupid and careless sri Lankan will use this to travel and mess up with out any responsibility

    Patriot Thursday, 12 March 2020 04:18 PM

    Students should be told that these are not leisure holidays, that they must stay safe at home, not to go out unnecessary and not to attend or organize parties.


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