Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha has reiterated that they are not planning on reducing the number of school days or teaching hours of school children.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Department of Government Information today, Minister Premajayantha noted that they are hoping to reduce the time students will spend on extra-curricular activities.
He said they are holding talks on a regular basis with national and regional level education officials to address a number of issues in the Education sector.
Minister Susil Premajayantha said by reducing extra-curricular activities and other non-essential work, teachers will be able to cover the syllabi within the stipulated time.
The Minister noted that they are hoping to cover the teaching hours that will be missed during the next two weeks during the August and December school holidays.
Education Minister Premajayantha added five days from the August holidays and five days from the December holidays will be reduced to substitute the 10 school days that will be missed in the next two weeks.
Commissioner General of Examinations LMD Dharmasena urges to give priority to teachers on paper marking duty when issuing fuel.
The Examinations Commissioner-General said the Education Minister and officials are working tirelessly to conduct examination on time and release the results.
He said teachers who are assigned for paper-marking duties are engaged in national duties and therefore the public should support the cause as well.
He said the future of the children is dependent on examinations and exam results.
LMD Dharmasena added that three exams that were due to be conducted in 2021 were held this year. He said however only the results of the Grade Five scholarship exams have been released thus far.
The Examinations Commissioner noted results of the GCE Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Examinations are yet to be released.
He requested therefore the support of the public to promptly release the results.
Commissioner General of Examinations LMD Dharmasena said they can take a decision to suspend the paper-marking process citing the fuel crisis, but it will have a major bearing on the future of the students.
He said therefore they will take all measures to release the exam results, promptly.