Schools back to normal from tomorrow
State, International and private schools will return to normal operations tomorrow, completing the staggered re-opening process, nearly six months after the last school closure mandated by the deadly Covid-19 world pandemic.
Education State Minister Susil Premajayantha said the Education and the Health Ministries have ensured that the schools strictly follow health guidelines and the children are safe in school.
A guideline on catching-up work for state schools has been issued by the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Education Ministry. Schools are permitted to carry on catch-up work till the end of March next year, to minimise the loss of teaching time during the past one-and-a-half-years.
The new school year for most schools will begin from the second term.
“We have decided not to reduce the syllabi of the new ‘Grade’ although schools will have only two terms to cover the lessons in 2022. But the end of term holidays will be slashed,” State Minister Premajayantha said.
He said the GCE Advanced Level and Ordinary Level examinations of 2021 will be conducted during the first term of next year.