2019 Coronavirus infection started in Wuhan province, China and started its journey in Sri Lanka in March 2020. Its relentless spread was brought under control by the tireless work of our health sector and the massive cooperation of the people. The country was locked down and schools, offices and public places were closed. Slowly the people returned to their normal lives as the sun slowly spread its sunlight. Everything started working as usual. Schools and offices all started their operations. But it is the government’s mandate that health measures must be followed. Schools also started as section by section.
Thus for 4 or 5 months people enjoyed their normal life. Again on October 4, 2020 the corona virus started its second wave. People who operated independently were again partially isolated. The Ministry of Education has announced that the schools will be reopened on November 23, 2020 following all health measures.
If all schools in the country are to be reopened, all schools must be provided with hand washing facilities, body temperature testing facilities, hand sanitizers and face masks. Massive funding should be allocated for these. It cannot be said that funds will be available in all schools. Therefore, we have sent information requests to the Ministries of Education and Zonal Education Offices in the respective Provincial Councils. This article is being written by us based on the information available so far. This article contains information from Vavuniya North, Vavuniya South Zonal Education Office.
50 schools under the Vavuniya South Zonal Education were opened on 2020, November 23. 559,300 Rupees has been spent to provide the above mentioned health services. The following image 01 and image 02 show the amount of funds allocated to schools in the Vavuniya South Education Zone.
All 31 schools in the Vavuniya North Zonal Education, excluding primary schools, were reopened on November 23. Rs. 472,200 has been spent to provide the above mentioned health services. The image 3, 3.1 and 3.2, show the amount of funds allocated to schools in the Vavuniya South Education Zone.
It is also worth noting that schools reopened on January 11, 2021, after the holidays, in areas other than isolated areas. As well as monitoring whether students are following these health practices and making it clear to them their importance are challenging issues.