Dec 28, 2020

Alternate schools for students in isolated areas

The Ministry of Health is considering providing students attending schools in isolated areas, alternate schools as a temporary measure, until isolation is lifted.

Subject Minister Prof. GL Peiris speaking at a media briefing today said they hope to initiate the plan in the Central Province with discussions currently underway with the Governor of the Province Lalith U Gamage.

The Education Minister said the Ministry is considering the programme in other provinces as well.

Minister Peiris added the request to provide alternate schools was put forth by parents of students in the Central Province, where several areas are isolated.

He noted that based on their requests, Governor Gamage put together practical solutions and a systematic plan in order to provide necessary facilities.

The Education Minister noted they plan to reopen schools on the 11th according to a stringent plan and not arbitrarily.

Minister Peiris said Ministry officials met with medical specialists over the weekend, adding that decisions will be taken based on their advice.

He noted that a programme will be announced to both children and parents in three to four days.

The Minister meanwhile urged parents and other parties to highlight any shortcomings that may exist in the plan to reopen schools.