School holidays to be shortened

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The Ministry of Education has decided to shorten the school holidays in August and December, and increase the number of school days, in order to cover up for the time lost by students due to the schools being closed in light of the prevailing fuel crisis.

Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha made this announcement after a meeting held in Colombo on the occasion of the International Yoga Day, which took place yesterday (21).

He also said there will be training sessions for primary school teachers from July onwards continuously and for teachers engaged in GCE Advanced Level. He said there will be training sessions through university system to conduct revision, post-examination and additional programs for students facing the GCE Advanced Level examination.

These special education programmes will be held in August, September and October.

The Minister further said that the arrangements for all the training sessions to be held in July are already being compiled with the data and information obtained on a daily basis in collaboration with the Directors of Education of all the nine provinces.

Premajayantha also said 70-80 per cent of the school attendance of teachers and students is reported in the rural areas except in the main cities of the island.

By Kanchana Kolagolla