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Lankan Govt Announces Shut Down Of Schools Amid Fuel Shortage

The Sri Lankan Education Minister announced that the school will cover the curriculum during the next vacation term. It was also announced earlier on 18 June that schools across Sri Lanka would be closed for a week

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Amid the economic crisis in the island nation, Sri Lankan Education Ministry has announced that all public and private schools in the city limits of Colombo, along with those in other major cities across the country, would be closed next week due to power outages.

From  4 July, all government and state-approved private schools in Sri Lanka will have a holiday.

The Sri Lankan Education Minister announced that the school will cover the curriculum during the next vacation term. It was also announced earlier on 18  June that schools across Sri Lanka would be closed for a week.

Sri Lanka Education Ministry Secretary Nihal Ranasinghe proposed online classes and said that divisional schools can hold classes with fewer students in circumstances where transportation problems do not impact the students, teachers, or principals.

A power cut-free period between 8 am and 1 pm has been agreed to by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) allowing online teaching on weekdays.

An unprecedented economic crisis has been afflicting Sri Lanka since its independence in 1948, formerly an upper-middle-income country.

During the month of May, political unrest resulted in the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Prime Minister.

Food inflation in May was 57.4 per cent, while food shortages, as well as fuel shortages for cooking, transportation, and industry, continue to plague the country, with power outages on a daily basis.

 It is expected that the economy will contract sharply due to a lack of basic inputs for production, the currency depreciating by 80 percent since March 2022, and the country's inability to meet its international obligations.

There has been a significant impact on food security, agriculture, livelihoods, and access to health services as a result of the economic crisis. Last harvest season,  the food production in the harvest was 40- 50 per cent lower than the last year, and as a result seeds, fertilisers, fuel and credit are in short supply. 


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