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The Government is in a strong position to reopen the schools as soon as possible, subject to health guidelines, Education Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said.

He said this during a meeting with the Mahanayaka of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Mahasangha Sabha of Siyam Nikaya; Most Ven. Dr. Ittapane Dhammalankara Thera at the Sri Dharma Vijayaloka Maha Viharaya in Pannipitiya yesterday.

"We will soon be able to make a firm statement regarding the opening of schools. It could even be tomorrow," he said.

Ven. Dhammalankara Thera also requested the Minister to re-open the schools immediately to secure the education of the children.

The minister said discussions in this regard is underway with the Health Minister, Education Ministry Secretary and with the Health Services Director-General.

Accordingly, the schools will be reopened upon the recommendations given by them, the Minister said.

"Although the schools in the country cannot be opened at once, we should be able to open them gradually," the Minister added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)


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  • Moorthy Monday, 21 December 2020 05:48 AM

    The schools opened except Western Province is a complete failure.It is just an eyewash,only a few students attending school while some schools were closed again. How the higher authority convince the parents while shielding all Zonal and other education offices with polythene covers and restricting visitors ,leaving only the schools left open with no such precautions leaving the life of teachers and students at risk.

    Jude Monday, 21 December 2020 08:48 AM

    NEVER had ANY guidelines, Why start NOW !!???

    Rishan Monday, 21 December 2020 11:08 AM

    To start of Good to break the class into 2 Groups and have classes for Group 1 On Monday Thursday and Group 2 On Tuesday and Friday and Wednesday can be used for a sports activity . This way we can maintain the social distance and maintain health guidelines .

    Makanal Monday, 21 December 2020 04:03 PM

    The minister does justice to his salary.


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