The requests from some sources have been reached to the Minister of Education and the Ministry of Education demanding to postpone the Advanced Level Examination considering the challenge that has to be faced by the candidates of Advanced Level Examination this time due to the reason of limiting the school days held in this year because of the spread of COVID 19 virus and on that ground being unable to cover the syllabuses.   

The Minister of Education Dallas Alahapperuma has instructed the senior officials of the ministry including me and the Commissioner General of Examinations to consider the date 07th of September that has already been set for holding the Advanced Level Examination not to be an injustice to the children, after doing further investigations in this regard and also to take this request as a reasonable right of the children facing the examination under the present circumstances in the country. 

I would like to inform that the final decision for holding the examination will be declared at the very first weekend coming after reopening the schools, after considering deeply the ideas and suggestions obtained from the students who sit for the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination, the teachers who are teaching in those classes and the school principals.


Applications are called for the admission of students to grade 12 for the year 2020 under the Advanced Level vocational subject stream. In the event of admitting students to this vocational subject stream which is implemented in 423 schools covering all educational provinces and zones from the year 2020, the pass or fail in the G.C.E. O/L examination is not considered. The students will have the opportunity to select a suitable school for the convenience of their education. 

Under this vocational subject stream the students have the opportunity to complete the school education in grade 12 and then in the grade 13 to complete an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Level 4 vocational training course under any of the following vocational subjects. Under this subject stream the following subjects are included.

  1. Child Psychology and Protection
  2. Health and Social Protection
  3. Physical Education and Sports
  4. Performing Arts
  5. Task Management
  6. Arts and Crafts
  7. Interior Designing
  8. Fashion Design
  9. Graphic Design
  10. Tourism and Hospitality
  11. Landscaping
  12. Practical Horticultural Technology Studies
  13. Livestock Production Technology Studies
  14. Food Production Technology Studies
  15. Aquatic Resources Technology Studies
  16. Plantation Crops Production Technology Studies
  17. Construction Technology Studies
  18. Motor Mechanical Technology Studies
  19. Electric and Electronic Technology Studies
  20. Textile and Garment Technology Studies
  21. Metal Processing Technology Studies
  22. Aluminum Processing Technology Studies
  23. Arts and Processing
  24. Environmental Studies
  25. Computer, Hardware and Networking
  26. Inventory 


The deadline for receiving the applications is 3rd of July 2020 and for obtaining more details the phone numbers 0112787136 / 0112786746 can be dialed from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm during the week days or entering the official website of the Ministry of Education. 

 The opportunities have been provided for the advanced level students to enter to non- governmental higher education institutions for further studies under the interest free student loan scheme that is implemented in the student loan section of the Ministry of Higher Education. For this purpose the Ministry of Education has taken steps to give 06 days for the students who sat for the advanced level examination in the years 2016,2017 and 2018 as school candidates to get their applications signed by the principals.  

Accordingly, the Secretary of Education Mr. N.H.M. Chithrananda has provided instructions to the heads of schools to give opportunity to the students who have passed the advanced level examination in the above years and expect to be admitted to non-governmental education institutions for the 2018/2019 academic year to certify their applications during the school hours on the days 9, 10, 11, 12, 15 and 16 of June. 

The Ministry of Education has taken this step according to a request made by the Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and New Inventions from the Secretary of Education because many students have been unable to get their applications signed by the principals due to the current situation in the country.

The Ministry of Education further informs that the applications must be certified following all health protection measures prescribed by the health authorities while drawing the attention to the present uncertain situation.  


 - The children in grades 13, 11 and 05 go to schools from 06th of July.
 - The Advanced Level Examination is on 07 of September.
 - The Grade Five Scholarship Examination is on 13th of September.

  • Just as the measures were taken to close down the schools at the moment the first Covid 19 infected person was discovered considering the health protection of the children, the Ministry of Education has already taken steps to reopen the schools under 4 stages becoming the first country in the region to control successfully the spread of the virus within short period of time. The Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Dallas Alahapperuma says that this decision was taken on the instructions of HE the President and Hon. Prime Minister and based on the recommendations of the Health Authorities about the health safety situation in the country.   

    The minister expressed these ideas while participating in a special media discussion held today (29) at the Ministry of Education to sensitize the media about this matter.

    And also the Minister mentioned that the Advanced Level Examination scheduled to be held in the month of August will be held from the 07th of September till 02nd of October and the Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on Sunday the 13th of September.   

    Within the process of reopening of schools under several stages, the first stage is implemented from 29th of June and the principals, teachers, non-academic staff and the school management staff of all schools should call for duties and do the preplanning activities such as sterilizing the school premises, cleaning and the preparation of timetables. For this purpose the duration of time until 03rd of July has been allocated under the first stage.   

    Reopening of schools for children will happen in the second stage and under this stage the schools are opened on Monday the 06th of July for the children in grades 13, 11 and 05. In the third stage the schools are commenced on 20th of July for the children in grades 12 and 10. Under the fourth stage the schools are started on 27th July and in this stage the children in grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are called to the schools. 

    The date for reopening the schools for the students in grades 1 and 2 will be delayed further and it is scheduled to be notified later.

    The minister further stated that he recalls thankfully the support extended by various sections including the teachers to continue the educational activities of school children through online method during the recent past and specially the assistance provided to children through the mass media.  And also the minister expressed his thanks to the officers in the Sri Lanka Examinations Department and the Commissioner General of Examinations for releasing the results of the Ordinary Level examination during the past challenging period of time even amidst the curfew. The minister extended his thanks also to all the officers in the establishments including the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education for their cooperation.   

    It was a special feature that could be identified during the recent past the effort made for acquiring the modern technology among all the social strata, developed, non-developed as well as among the rich and the poor and even though the Corona virus is a devil, it has become a disguised blessing in this regard, the minister mentioned. The minister also mentioned that it is a positive trend that the parents’ vision of their children engaging in technology in the face of this challenge that kept the nearly 5 million Sri Lankan children in house arrest for over 100 days.  The next challenge after reopening the schools is the use of the mode of transport and during the next week the steps will be taken to prepare a proper program having discussions with the authorities in the transport sector including Sri Lanka Transport Board, Private Bus Union and the Union of School Van owners, the minister further stated. 




It has been decided to postpone the deadline until 30th June 2020 for Calling applications to register for National Information Technology Champions Competition that is conducted for the 12th time by the Information and Communication Technology Branch of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with Sri Lanka Information Technology Industrial Board, Sri Lanka Computer Society and the Computer Learning Center of the University of Colombo. Accordingly, the date for receiving the creations for this competition has been extended till 31st of July. 

This competition is implemented in 03 sections and the National Level School Software Competition is held by Sri Lanka Computer Society while the ‘Creative Teachers’ competition is conducted by the Ministry of Education. The Young Computer Scientists Competition is conducted by Sri Lanka Information Technology Industrial Board.  

The students in grades 6 to 11 can apply under the first category of School Software Competition and the students in grades 12 and 13 can apply under the second category. This is an online competition. In this competition the competitors have to produce computer programs and the evaluations are also done online.

The teachers confirmed in their service and working in government and government approve private schools and also the trainee teachers in the Colleges of Education can apply for the competition ‘Creative Teachers’. 

The Young Computer Scientists Competition is conducted for school children under two main fields. The winners of this competition will receive bursaries for following degrees in reputed private universities, the opportunity to participate in international APICTA competition and the conference held in Malaysia, the opportunity to submit their creations to INFOTEL ASIA - 2020 exhibition, the opportunity to expose their creations through national and international media and also the opportunity to receive the knowledge, assistance and contribution of the experts in the field of Information Technology. The details for applying for this competition can be obtained from the official website of the Ministry of Education or through the telephone line 0112785821. It is possible to register online for this competition through this website or can apply by post addressing to the Director, Information and Communication Technology Branch, the Ministry of Education, Isurupaya, Battaramulla.