Sri Lanka Education Ministry: Cash-strapped Sri Lanka has decided to keep schools closed for another week. Because there is not enough oil for the teachers and parents in the country to take the children to school. The Energy Minister has appealed to the citizens living outside the country to send their foreign currency earned income home through banks instead of informal channels, so as to help in overcoming the shortage of foreign exchange in the country.
The education ministry announced on Sunday that government and state-approved private schools would remain closed for a week as there was not enough fuel for teachers and parents to bring children to classes. The Sri Lankan minister said the school would cover the curriculum in the next holiday period. Last month, schools across the country were closed for a day due to fuel shortage and in urban areas for the past two weeks.
Online classes will continue
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education has announced that all government and government-approved private schools in Colombo city limits, as well as schools in other major cities in other provinces, will remain closed during the next week. The Secretary of the Ministry of Education of the country, Nihal Ranasinghe asked the schools to conduct online classes. Meanwhile, the division level schools have been allowed to conduct classes with less number of students so that the transport difficulties do not affect the students, teachers and principals.
India is fulfilling most of the needs
Ranasinghe has announced that the Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) of Sri Lanka has agreed not to cut power from 8.00 am to 01.00 pm to facilitate online learning on weekdays. Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented economic crisis since the country’s independence in 1948. The economic crisis led to protests and political unrest that led to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The cash-strapped country is getting most of its fuel needs from neighboring India, which provided it a credit line. The Sri Lankan government said that it is also in talks with suppliers in Russia and Malaysia. The government has appealed to Sri Lankan expatriates to send money home through banks to pay for new oil purchases.