Sri Lanka’s Education Ministry on Monday said it will re-open schools across the country including the Western Province on April 19.
This development is coming after all schools were shut since October 2020 due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ministry, said it had re-opened schools for grades 5, 11 and 13 from Monday, while all other grades would be opened from April 19, after the local Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
Sri Lanka shut schools after the second wave of the COVID-19 virus swept across the country, especially in the main Western Province which includes capital Colombo, which was the epicenter of the virus outbreak.
Health officials said all health guidelines had been submitted to the Education Ministry which would be shared with all schools before schools re-open.
Sri Lanka has to date detected 87,907 positive COVID-19 patients and reported 527 deaths.
The country has begun a mass anti COVID-19 vaccination drive in the Western Province.