Education Ministry issues directives
By Thameenah Razeek
The Ministry of Education has issued directives on the arrival and departure of academic staff in schools relating to the reopening of Government schools and Government approved private schools.
Fielding a question, Secretary to the State Ministry of Education, Ranjith Chandrasekara noted that school heads and their managements are taking arbitrary decisions on the arrival and departure of academic staff in schools, thereby ignoring the directives the Ministry issued in prior.
He noted that schools re-opened in the first phase from 6 July to 17 July and the second phase from 20-24 July to minimise crowding of students in school in accordance with class schedules.
Furthermore, teachers who are not assigned any duties and do not have teaching schedules should not come to school in the first phase. “Teachers who have been assigned duties can come to school by 7.30 a.m. and leave when they are done with their duties. All teachers will be expected to work as usual during the third stage starting from 27 July. It has been advised to report to work by 7.30 a.m. and to stay in the school till 1.30 p.m. and the teachers who have been given schedules till 3.30 p.m. should remain in school until that time,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a Ministry statement, it noted that all academic staff officers who report to work by 27 July must sign concerning their arrival and departure as usual in the scheduled attendance register. This set of instructions has already been sent to all Provincial Chief Secretaries, Provincial Education Secretaries, Provincial Education Directors, Zonal Education Directors, Parish Councilors and all principals.