Program to start schools will definitely begin in August – Prof. GL Peiris, Minister of Education

Program to start schools will definitely begin in August – Prof. GL Peiris, Minister of Education

Mon, Jul 12, 2021, 08:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 12, Colombo: The Minister of Education Prof. GL Peiris said that the government will take steps to open schools as soon as possible in accordance with the conditions of the health sector and the first steps will be taken in August.

The Minister while participating in the inauguration of the ‘Island wide program to vaccinate all school teachers’ on Monday (July 12) said distance / online education can never be considered a satisfying alternative to the classroom education with the teacher and there are some drawbacks.

“Therefore, the main objective of the vaccination program for teachers starting today is to open the school system as soon as possible,” he said.

The vaccination program, which began today for teachers in the Colombo zone, will be able to complete vaccination of all teachers in the entire Colombo district by tomorrow.

This program is carried out island wide. The target is to have all 242,000 teachers in the country vaccinated and a significant percentage of teachers have already been vaccinated.

This vaccination program is organized so that the teachers are not inconvenienced and their dignity is protected.

The Minister commented that If children do not get a year of education, they will never be able to fill that gap in their lifetime again and it would become a permanent problem in their lives.

Prof. Peiris also thanked the President, the Health Services and the Commander of the Army and the Armed Forces for their direct interest in making this program a success.

State Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Piyal Nishantha, Dr. Sita Arambepola, Parliamentarian Pradeep Undugoda and Army Commander General Shavendra Silva were also present on the occasion.

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