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Sri Lanka facilitates free-of-charge online learning for state university students

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s state universities will allow students to follow their curriculum from home, free of charge, with the assistance of public and private telecommunication companies, the government said today.

Cabinet approval has also been granted to convert state-run television channels ‘Channel Eye’ and ‘Nethra TV’ to educational TV channels for children, starting next week, co-cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena told reporters this afternoon.

The two channels come under the state-owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC).

Meanwhile, the ministries of education and higher education have decided to extend the deadline for calling in applications for university admission by two weeks from the day schools reopen once conditions are favourable.

Gunawardena further said that the Mahapola scholarship fund for university students hasn’t received the necessary funds from the Development Lotteries Board as the sale of lottery tickets has stopped in the ongoing curfew.

About Rs 200 million of the Mahapola fund which comes from the treasury has also stopped coming in because the treasury is facing a financial crisis as it is currently operating under the vote on account. (Colombo/Apr1/2020)

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