Extending school hours put on hold

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BY Thameenah Razeek

The decision taken by the Ministry of Education, to extend school hours by one hour with the start of the new school term today (18), has been temporarily halted.

Additional Secretary for School Affairs, Lalitha Egodawela said, the decision was reversed because it was found that students would find it difficult to return home due to the shortage of buses.

“The decision will be put on hold for the time being. This decision was made because there is a risk of obstructing student transportation activities due to a fuel shortage. Principals of all schools in the island have been notified,” she said.

The Ministry of Education proposed extending school hours to complete this year’s curriculum and make up for lost time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, she announced that the reopening of schools will be made in two stages.

The Ministry attributed the phased reopening to the GCE Ordinary Level Examination, which is scheduled to take place from 21 May to 5 July.

As a result, the first phase will run from today until the 20 May, and the second phase will run from 6 June to 30 July.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has announced that admission to Grade One classes in government schools for the school year 2022 will take place on 19 April 2022.