He was addressing a discussion at Temple Trees on the reopening of schools and the provision of Covid vaccination to teachers and students.
The Prime Minister pointed out the importance of reopening schools in several phases as soon as the Covid pandemic was brought under control.
Representatives of the Association of Pediatricians who participated in the discussion told the Prime Minister that their association could extend its support at the education zone level to avoid problems arising during the reopening of schools.
Accordingly, the representatives of their association pointed out that they will formalize the relevant activities by nominating representatives for the 99 education zones scattered throughout the country.
Prof. Kapila Perera, Secretary to the Ministry of Education pointed out that if a vaccination program is implemented in connection with the resumption of schools, it should be given priority to Grade 11 and Grade 13 students.
Prof. Kapila Perera also pointed out the importance of vaccinating nearly 300,000 people, including 270,000 teachers and non-academic staff, to make this a success.
The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the government will always work to protect the future generations of the country as well as the teachers who guide them.
The Prime Minister said that a program should be formulated to ensure that children and teachers are brought to school in a safe manner at the commencement of schools and called for special attention to be paid to the hygienic and health procedures to be followed in the transportation of school children.
Prof. GL Peiris, Minister of Education, Gamini Senarath, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Prof. Kapila Perera, Secretary to the Ministry of Education, LMD Dharmasena, Additional Secretary, School Affairs, Dr. Kamani Gunaratne, Director, School Health and Nutrition, Dr. T.L.P. Somatunga, Mahendra Arnold, Shaman Rajindrajith, Surantha Perera, Prof. Sanath Lamabadusuriya and a group of doctors from the Association of Pediatricians were also present.