Schools in Western Province to be closed for Pope’s visit

pope francis1In view of Pope Francis One’s upcoming five-day visit to Sri Lanka, the island nation’s Western Province has announced the closure of several schools from 11 to 15 January .

All government, semi-government and private schools are closed from 07 to 09 January for the Presidential election, the Education Ministry  said.  Schools will  re-open on 12 January .

The schools where GCE Ordinary Level Examination answer scripts are marked will also commence their new academic year on Monday.

48 schools which will house police officers providing security during the visit of Pope Francis will be closed from  11 to 15 January.

The schools will re-open on January 16, Schools for new Grade One students will commence on 19 January  the Education Ministry said.


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