Amid an unprecedented fuel crisis, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Education has declared a one-week holiday from July 4 for all state-approved public and private schools.
The Sri Lankan Minister of Education said that during the next vacation the school will cover the curriculum.
Also earlier, on June 18, the Sri Lankan government announced the closure of all schools for a week.
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education has announced that “all government-approved public and private schools within the city limits of Colombo, as well as schools in other major cities in other provinces, will be closed during the next week due to prolonged power cuts,” the Daily Mirror said. reported.
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education Secretary Nihal Ranasinghe has asked schools to deliver lessons online and said schools at divisional level will be allowed to deliver lessons with fewer students under conditions where transportation difficulties do not affect students, teachers and principals.
He announced that the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) had agreed to have no power cuts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to facilitate online teaching on weekdays, the Daily Mirror reported.
Since March this year, Sri Lanka, a former upper-middle-income country, has been grappling with an economic crisis not seen since the country gained independence in 1948.
Violent protests sparked political unrest that led to the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, from the post of prime minister and the appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as the country’s prime minister in May.
Food inflation in May stood at 57.4%, while shortages of essential food items, as well as fuel for cooking, transport and industry, remain widespread, with daily power cuts.
The economy is preparing for a sharp contraction due to the unavailability of basic inputs for production, an 80% depreciation of the currency since March 2022, coupled with a lack of foreign exchange reserves and non-compliance by the country of its international debt obligations.
The economic crisis has particularly affected food security, agriculture, livelihoods and access to health services. Food production in the last harvest season was 40-50% lower than last year, and the current agricultural season is at risk, with shortages of seeds, fertilizer, fuel and credit.