Schools reopen today in Sri Lanka, parents hunt for transparent bags for children

Two Weeks After, Schools Over (Class Six And Higher) Sri Lanka Will Open Again Monday If The Nation Gently Return To Normal Life.

An Extensive Security Program Is Implemented In School Buildings. At The Start Of The School Term, Children Must Bring Transparent Or Transparent School Bags, Lunch Boxes And Water Bottles. Vehicles May Not Be Parking Near Schools. There Is A Struggle Between The Parents To Place Orders For The Bags.

In Negombo, Where More Than 100 People Were Killed When A Suicide Bomber Struck The Church Of St. Sebastian, On Sunday The Parents Informed The Management Of A Prominent School That They Would Only Send Their Children After A Week. Cross-country Schools Had To Reopen The Following Monday Easter Sunday. Then The Bombing Broke Into The Country.

While The Suicide Bombers Wore The Explosives In Their Backpacks, Anyone Who Wears One Can Expect To Be Stopped And Searched. Security Committees Appointed By The School Urge Students To Bring Transparent School Bags And Lunch Boxes And Water Bottles. I Just Stopped At The Royal College (A Famous Boy's School In). Hostel Students Continued To Stand Out With Their Parents To Have Their Bags Checked, Ratanarajah Said. The Government Must Work Hard To Restore Confidence In People, She Said.

In Another Part Of Colombo City, Sinhala Businessman Suresh Chandrasiri Is Flooded With Orders For Transparent School Bags. I Placed An Order With A Chinese Firm For 10,000 Bags. They Are Sending Only 4,000 Now. But, That's Too Little To Cater To The More Than One Million Students Across The Country, He Told TOI. At Least 40 Companies Have Jumped Into The Chinamade Business Of Importing See-through Bags, Each Costing Rs 1,750 (Sri Lanka N Currency), He Said.

Director General Of Government Information Nalaka Kaluwewa Had Issued A Directive That The Second School Period Would Start On Monday (May 6) For Classes 6 To 13 In All Government Schools And On May 13 For Grades 1 To 5. But The Parents Are Worried. They Still Have No Confidence In The Government Guarantee For Safety For Their Departments, Said A Group 8 Teacher In Negombo, Not Willing To Be Mentioned.

Sri Lanka & Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Said A Special Security Program Would Be Implemented On School Premises. But, Attendance Is Likely To Be Thin On Monday, Said Women Rights Activist Nalini Ratnarajah, Who Was In Colombo On Sunday.

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