EP primary schools to reopen on 21 October – Yahampath
By Naalir Jamaldeen
Eastern Province Governor Anuradha Yahampath said all preparations have been made to reopen primary schools in the province with fewer than 200 students on 21 October to resume academic activities. The Governor went on to say that there will be no room to close schools again for political, racial, or trade union reasons at any time. If that happened, the mentality of the children who are about to take over the country’s future would crumble, she said.
“All plans have been finalised for the reopening of 567 primary schools in the Eastern Province on 21 October. The children who had been staying at home had forgotten about school. All that remains is to create an environment for children in which they will be able to carry out their educational activities independently. Uniforms are not required for the first two weeks. Don’t even think about shoes,” Governor Yahampath said.
All we need to do right now is change the minds of the children. During this time, we must shape the minds of children. After schools reopen, Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and Sisu Seriya buses will be kept on standby to provide uninterrupted transportation to students. The Governor said food will be provided to students who come to school once, and that the cost will be borne by the Provincial Council. Parents have been asked to strictly adhere to the COVID19 prevention guidelines when sending their children to school.
Before reopening, she promises that the school will be cleaned with the help of parents, while the buildings and other equipment will be disinfected with the assistance of Local Government institutions. School health committees have already been formed, with the Principal, Deputy Principal, Grama Niladhari, Public Health Inspector (PHI) of the respective area, and one representative from the Security Forces serving as members.
She stated that they will meet next week to make the necessary decisions. Do not allow the various political motives of the teacher unions to cause us to reverse this difficult decision to open schools. A total of 3,000 new graduates have been recruited for the province’s schools. Governor Yahampath added that they will be brought to the respective Zonal Education Offices by the District Secretary and given additional training