Aug 15, 2022

Schools to operate on all weekdays from today

All government and government approved private schools will operate on all five weekdays between 7.30 am and 1.30 pm, beginning today.

The decision was reached during discussions between the Minister of Education, the Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Ministry officials and Provincial Directors of Education.

The Education Ministry has also advised state officials in Provincial levels to formulate a transportation plan for school principals, teachers and students who are residing in areas with transportation difficulties.

Officials have also agreed that school principals must provide relief to teachers and students who experience transportation issues during the recommencement of school on all five days.

Provincial Directors of Education are yet to inform school principals of the relief measures to be provided by the government, to teachers and students.

Teachers have been informed to utilise school hours during the next three months to only cover the syllabus.

Officials are of the view that after hours can be scheduled to conduct extracurricular activities.

Meanwhile, the All Island School Children Transport Association says they hope to provide transportation to students without any shortcomings since Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha has assured that sufficient stocks of fuel will be provided to them with schools being held on all five days of the week.

Speaking to NewsRadio, Secretary of the Association Secretary Lalith Chandrasiri said he will hold discussions pertaining to the matter with the Minister of Education today.

Chandrasiri said they only received fuel sufficient for three days from depots operated by the Sri Lanka Transport Board thus far.

He said the matter was previously discussed with Minister Premajayantha where the Minister assured to supply sufficient stocks.

Lalith Chandrasiri said provided they receive sufficient stocks of fuel, they will ensure students are transported as usual.

Meanwhile, the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association says it is planning to resume full operations from today.

Speaking to media, Chairman of the Association Gemunu Wijeratne said they are expecting to operate at 100 percent capacity across the country today.

Gemunu Wijeratne said they will be able to normalise the function of private buses since schools will be held on all five days of the week from today.

Accordingly, he said nearly 12,000 buses will be in operation today. Wijeratne explained that nearly 7,500-8,000 buses were in operation last week.

Gemunu Wijeratne noted that there are 3,000 private buses to be repaired, adding once done, they will have a fleet of 16,000 buses in operation.

(newsradio.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by newsradio.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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