Schools to reopen tomorrow - guidelines and school term dates issued

Sunday, 10 January 2021 - 16:58

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The Education Ministry states that children are the future of a country and if their education is not properly attended, the development of the country shall be severely affected. 

Therefore, while protecting children under strict health guidelines, the schools will be reopened under new normal situation. Accordingly, except the schools in Western province and in other isolated areas, all other schools will be open on 11 January 2021.

All schools from Grade 02 to Grade 05 will re-open tomorrow 11 January 2021 for academic activities except in Western Province and in isolated areas.

The Governor of the Eastern Province Anuradha Yahampath states that all the schools except the 32 schools in the isolated areas of the Eastern Province will be reopened tomorrow (11).

Accordingly, 25 schools in the Kattankudy, 05 schools in the Kalmunai, one school in the Thirukkovil and one school in the Ampara will be further closed.

The information on School opening is as follows (This could be updated based on Education Ministry /Government Information notices). 

11 January 2021
Grade 02 to Grade 11 in all areas excluding Western Province and isolated areas will resume under strict health guidelines.

25 January 2021
School in Western Province upto Grade 11 classes of all government schools except those in the isolated areas of the Western Province will reopen.

March 1-10 , 2021
The GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2020 which was earlier scheduled to be held in January.

The details of the 2021 school year as per information released by the Education Ministry is as follows.

For Sinhala & Tamil schools

First Term
- Phase 01
11 January 2021 until 25 February 2021 (Inclusive of both days)
On behalf of the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) schools will be given holidays from 26 February 2021 until 14 March 2021

- Phase 02
15 March 2021 until 09 April 2021 (Inclusive of both days)

Second Term
19 April 2021 until 30 July 2021 (Inclusive of both days)
Third Term: 30 August 2021 until 03 December 2021 (Inclusive of both days)

For Muslim Schools

First Term
Phase 01
11 January 2021 until 25 February 2021 (Inclusive of both days)
On behalf of the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) schools will be given holidays from 26 February 2021 until 14 March 2021

Phase 02
15 March 2021 until 09 April 2021 (Inclusive of both days)
On behalf of the Ramadan Fasting period holidays will be given from 10 April 2021 until 16 May 2021

Second Term:
19 April 2021 until 30 July 2021 (Inclusive of both days)
Holidays will be given on 26 and 27 August.

Third Term:
30 August 2021 until 03 December 2021 (Inclusive of both days)

Key guidelines and links to detailed information from the Ministry of Education can be reached through these links.

Detailed instructions to open schools safely with health guidelines under the COVID – 19 Pandemic situation

Instruction for school buses vans and three wheeler drivers

For Principals - Commencing schools under health guidelines during COVID -19 pandemic

School circular (SInhala) - The dates for the three terms - Sinhala and Muslim schools

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