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)