WORLD Schools reopen in Sri Lanka after closure from fuel shortages

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Schools reopen in Sri Lanka after closure from fuel shortages

Xinhua

17:46, July 25, 2022

COLOMBO, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka on Monday reopened government-owned public and state-approved private schools, which were closed for nearly a month due to fuel shortages.

People wait for city bus at a bus stop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 11, 2022. Due to severe shortage of fuel, local residents are more likely to travel by bus and bicycle in Colombo. (Photo: Ajith Perera/Xinhua)

However, schools will be open only three days a week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and students will be taught online on the other two days of the school week.

The Ministry of Education also extended the first school term until September 7.

Schools will also not conduct examinations at the end of the first term, and principals have been instructed to conduct alternative forms of evaluation.

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed officials to provide fuel to school buses from all state-run fuel depots.

There are close to 40,000 vehicles that are engaged in transporting students to schools in Sri Lanka.

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