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President orders relaxing of tuition class restrictions

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the authorities to explore the possibility of increasing student numbers attending tuition classes, Higher Education Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said. This is to be done by reassessing the limitations that were imposed on tuition classes due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr. Gunawardena was speaking at a media conference held on Thursday at the Government Information Department to inform Cabinet decisions. He said that health authorities had previously instructed tuition masters to limit the maximum number of students to 100.

Permission has also been granted to hold main election rallies addressed by party leaders, with the participation of a maximum of 500 participants, while following social distancing rules. Tuition masters have also made repeated requests to increase the maximum number of students attending classes from 100 to 500 as they cannot conduct classes within the limit of 100 students given by the health authorities.

“This was discussed at this week’s Cabinet meeting, and the President has instructed Health Minister Pavithra Vanniarachchi to reconsider the situation and do the needful,” Dr. Gunawardena said.

The minister added that Cabinet has requested Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma to announce the dates for the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination and Grade 5 Scholarship Examination. The Education Minister has pledged to do so after discussing with the relevant authorities.


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