Advanced level and Ordinary level students have lost 400 learning hours due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The global pandemic which has been spreading across since December last year closed schools and educational institutions restricting the opportunities of education for millions of students worldwide.
The government of Sri Lanka imposed curfew in the third week in March to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to this situation, the ministry has decided to cover the lost learning period, the secretary of the ministry Mr N.H.M. Chithrananda said.
The government expects to increase the number of hours schools are held to 3.30 pm in the evening.
The government has also decided to reopen the schools in different stages the secretary added. Advanced level and Ordinary level students will go to schools as the first step he said.
"Children have lost a considerable amount of their learning hours. We have to increase the school time period to 3.30 pm. We have to continue this till the next term. The students who are going to sit for Advanced level examination and Ordinary level examination have lost at least 400 learning hours. We have to cover those lost learning hours” he said.
He also added that all students cannot be allowed to come to school at once due to the current health situation. Health officials have advised maintaining social distance.
“Hence we have to bring students into two groups. One set in the morning and the other in the evening” he said.
“We don't have enough space in schools to maintain social distance. If there are 40 students in a classroom we have to take in 20 students to maintain the social distance. Therefore we have to teach in two places" he said added.
The government's plans to reopen schools has put parents, children and teachers into more difficulties a union leader said. The students who are going to sit for the Advanced Level examination this year have lost five months of their valuable learning period the to the Easter Sunday bombings and COVID-19 pandemic.