Secretary of Education Ministry on decision to reopen schools
November 22, 2020 02:57 pm
Schools will be monitored for a period of one week after they reopen tomorrow (November 23), says the Secretary to the Ministry of Education Prof. Kapila Perera.
He mentioned joining the ‘Big Focus’ program on Ada Derana 24 today (22).
It was recently decided that schools will be reopened from November 23 for Grades 6 to 13. However, this decision does not apply to schools in isolated areas and the Western Province.
Accordingly, 5,637 schools will reopen for the third term tomorrow.
When inquired on who would take the responsibility if the COVID-19 clusters emerge from schools, he said, “I will definitely have to take that responsibility on behalf of the government.”
He added: “It was reported that all schools in the North could be opened tomorrow. The Provincial Director of the Eastern Province said all schools except for 5 are prepared to reopen. Western Province has also requested that they be allowed to open schools as well.
The Director of the North-Western Province said that according to the Governor some schools could not be reopened due to some issues. The Director of the Sabaragamuwa Province spoke of several issues in the province as it borders the Western Province. Apart from that, the Central Province is fully prepared. There is the North Central Province. There is the Southern Province and the Uva Province. They are ready.“