A reputed media outlet reported that the Sri Lanka Education Ministry declared that “all government and government-approved private schools in Colombo, as well as schools in other main cities, will be closed because of never-ending power cuts” and the Fuel crisis.
Sri Lankan Education Ministry declared a week’s holiday from 4th July for all government and state-approved private schools amid the fuel crisis.
As stated by the Sri Lankan Education Minister the school will cover the syllabus in the next vacation term. It happened earlier too, that is on 18th June when the Sri Lankan government declared to shut down all the schools for a week because of the fuel crisis.
Sri Lanka Education Ministry Secretary Nihal Ranasinghe demanded the schools to conduct the classes online till the schools are shut and has also said that the schools at the divisional level will be allowed to conduct classes offline but with less number of students under conditions where students, teachers, and the head of the school are not affected by the difficulties of transport which are affected due to fuel crisis going on.
The Secretary even further announced that the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has cooperated not to have power cuts during 8 am-1 pm to make easy of the teaching that is held online on weekdays.
It all started in March this year, when Sri Lanka which was an upper-middle-income country, has been fighting an economic crisis since the country gained independence in 1948.
There was inflation in food in the month of May that stood at 57.4%, while there were shortages of food items as well as a crisis of fuel for cooking, transport, and industry.