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Sri Lanka to re-open schools outside western province next week

Minister Prof G L Peiris speaking to reporters

ECONOMYNEXT – Schools outside Sri Lanka’s western province that were closed due to the pandemic will reopen next week, Education Minister Prof G L Peiris said.

Peiris told reporters today that Health Services Director General Dr Asela Gunawardena has recommended that classes recommence for all grades at all schools outside the Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts next Monday, March 15.

Schools in the western province will reopen for students in grades 5, 11 and 13 on the same day, while other grades will recommence after the April holidays on April 19, he said.

The reopening of western province schools have been uncertain owing to a high incidence of COVID-19 cases in the three districts.

Students who have enrolled into grade 1 at western province schools will also begin their classes on April 19, he added. (Colombo/Marc9/2021)

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