Thursday, January 28, 2021

Western Province Schools to open by February 15

Sri Lanka Education Ministry is hoping to re-open the schools in the Western Province (WP) by February 15, Education Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera said. Western Province Schools to open by February 15.

He said the Education Ministry should act based on the information received from the non-health risk schools and accordingly could commence educational activities in other schools in the rest of the areas in the WP. Hence, such recommendations should be submitted to the Ministry before February 10.

Based on that, decision will be taken subsequent to the recommendation by the Director General of Health. He said the District Development Committees will meet on January 28, 29 and February 1 to take appropriate decisions regarding the commencement of schools with the participation of the Regional Health Officers.

Accordingly, it was revealed that there are 1,576 schools in 11 education zones in the WP, from those schools, nearly 79,000 children are scheduled to sit for the GCE Ordinary Level Examination scheduled to be held in March, he said.

The Health authorities have agreed to open 907 schools in the WP from January 25 for the students who will appear for the O/L Examination this year, he said.

It was decided at a discussion held at the Ministry yesterday about the commencement of schools for other grades in the WP after consulting all parties including the Government Agents, Divisional Secretaries and Chairmen of the Regional Development Institutions in each District, Prof. Perera added. Source – DailyMirror

Sri Lanka conveys its gratitude to India for Covid19 vaccine gift

Expressing its gratitude for India’s help in a time of need, Sri Lanka has thanked New Delhi for its gift of 5 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses. The island-nation received the consignment of Covishield vaccines from India on Thursday, reports IndiaNewsNetwork

A statement from the Sri Lankan President’s office stated that vaccination is set to commence from January 29 at six main hospitals in the Western Province. The island-nation has prioritized 150,000 health workers, 120,000 members of tri-forces, police and security forces, the release added.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took to Twitter to acknowledge India’s help. He said, “Received 500,000 Covid-19 vaccines provided by people of India at BIA today (28). 

Thank you PM Shri Narendra Modi and people of India for the generosity shown towards people of Sri Lanka at this time in need.”

India’s gift of vaccines was handed over to President Rajapaksa at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay in a programme titled ‘Vaccine Maitri- Gifting of India’s Covishiled Vaccines to Sri Lanka’.

The vaccines, weighing about 1,323 kg, will initially be stored at the airport’s cold storage facilities before being transported in refrigerated vehicles to 25 districts at a temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius.

India has supplied a consignment of 500,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India. Sri Lanka’s drug regulatory authority had earlier this month approved emergency use of the Covishield Vaccine.

The vaccines that reached Colombo on Thursday are India’s gift to the island-nation under its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative, under which it has supplied vaccines to seven other countries in the South Asian region.

The supply of vaccines by India is a fulfillment of the promise made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during the bilateral summit held in September last year.

Prime Minister Modi had pledged all possible support to the island-nation for minimizing health and economic impact of the pandemic.

Sri Lanka is an important constituent of India’s Neighbourhood First policy. In keeping with this policy, New Delhi launched Operation Vaccine Maitri under which it supplied Covid-19 vaccines to Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had paid a three-day state visit to Sri Lanka in January and had discussed cooperation for post-Covid health and economic recovery. Jaishankar had received a formal request from Sri Lanka for India’s assistance in obtaining the Covid vaccines.

Source – IndiaNewsNetwork

Saturday, December 19, 2020

2020 O/L Exam dates postponed Exam begins 2021 March 1 -11

Much awaited, Ordinary Level Examination will be held from March 1 to 11, says Education Minister Prof G.L.Peiris. 2020 GCE O/L Exam dates again delayed. G. C. E. O/L Examination cannot be held as scheduled and a new date announced . Earlier it was planned to commence 2020 O/L Exam on 2021 January 18 to 28. With new coronavirus situation exam is postponed again. O/L exam scheduled to be held on December month but due to Coronavirus outbreak exam postponed. Relevant timetable and other details will be release future dates to website and students can download from the given website.

Private and school candidates sitting for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination 2020 should apply through the online procedure, says the Department of Examinations, in a media release published. Application can be download with PDF guidelines

The applications submitted by the private and school candidates accepted 31st of August 2020.

University Online Registration for students commences UGC

The online registration of students for the new 2019/2020 academic year in universities commenced. University Online Registration for students commences and student can apply via UGC official website. The University Grants Commission said measures are in place for students to register online.

Accordingly, students can log on to and register. 41,500 students are to be registered for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Online registration for students who sat for the GCE Advanced Level examination 2019/20 can register for universities from November 23, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said in a statement. Students can complete the registration via The UGC states that special intake will be available for the applicants with exceptional abilities/ skills in sports to Universities-Academic Year 2019/2020.

University Online Registration for students commences UGC - Registration Link UGC

Instructions to download your Letter of Selection and to proceed to the online registration for the course of study of the university selected - Academic Year 2019/2020

  1. Go to the official website of the UGC (
  2. If you have already downloaded the Letter of Selection, the Schedule named Annex I and the Instructions to register online for the selected
    course of study and the university named Annex II, you may click on the To directly proceed to registration link given in the Online
    Registrations box on the official website of the UGC.
  3. If you have not already downloaded the Letter of Selection and/or other documents specified above, you may click on the To download the
    Letter of Selection & proceed to registration link given in the Online Registrations box on the official website of the UGC.
    If you had clicked on To directly proceed to registration link;
  4. Follow the instructions given in the already downloaded Annex II on Instructions to register online for the selected course of study and the
    If you had clicked on To download the Letter of Selection & proceed to registration link;
  5. You will be displayed the Login window.
    i. Enter the UserID and the Password of your account created for completing the online application for university admission.
    Your UserID is the email address used by you to create the account. If you have forgotten the password, you can change your
    password using the Forgot Password link.
    ii. Now click on the Login button.
  6. Now you will be displayed the Verify Your Identity window.
    i. In the Your NIC cage, the first few numbers of your NIC entered by you in the online application for university admission will
    be displayed. Fill in rest of the numbers and the English letter if any. (If you have not provided any NIC in the application for
    university admission, this option to fill in rest of the numbers and the English letter of NIC will not be displayed to you).
    ii. In the Your Mobile Number cage, the first six digits of the mobile number entered by you in the online application for
    university admission will be displayed. Complete rest of the four digits.
    iii. In the Your Email Address cage, the email address used by you to create the account to fill in the online application for
    university admission will be displayed.
    Note: In case, if your above stated mobile number or the email address is currently not in use/out of service, you may contact the
    Department of University Admissions via the telephone numbers given in the official website of the UGC.
    iv. Now press the Submit button.
  7. Now you will be displayed the OTP Verification page. Along with that, the message “Please click on the link sent to your email. Once you
    click on the link, an OTP will be sent to your mobile number” will also be displayed in the right side of the page.
  8. In order to click on the link sent to your email account as instructed in the message, log on to the email account given in above 2(iii).
  9. You will now be seen the email sent by the Department of University Admissions to the inbox of that email account. Click on the Please click
    here to generate otp link.
  10. After you click on that link, an OTP will be sent to the mobile number completed by you in above 2(ii). Enter that OTP into the SMS Code
    textbox of the OTP Verification page stated in above 3 and press the Submit button.
  11. Now you will be displayed the Selection Letters page.
  12. In the Selection Letters page, the details on the course of study of the university to which you have been selected and available for
    registration, the link to download the letter of selection of the same and other documents related to that selection and the registration as a
    single file will be displayed. Get the letter of selection and other documents downloaded using that link.
    Note: In case, if you have logged out from the system prior to get the letter of selection and other documents downloaded, note that you
    will have to refollow the steps 1 to 6 above before visiting the Selection Letters page stated in above 7, for downloading them.
    Instead, if you have logged out from the system with the intention of completing the registration later on after getting the letter
    of selection and other documents downloaded, you can directly proceed to the online registration system by clicking on the To
    directly proceed to registration link in the Online Registrations box on the official website of the UGC, without requiring to
    refollowing the steps 1 to 6 above.
  13. Now,read the information and instructions given in the Letter of Selection and other documents downloaded.
  14. Now, press the Click here to go to the Registration System button in the Selection Letters page to get registered for the course of study of the
    university online.
  15. Now, complete your online rgistration to the course of study of the university selected following the instructions given in the Annex II on
    Instructions to register online for the selected course of study and the university, already downloaded in above 8.


Special intake for the applicants with exceptional abilities/skills in Sports to Universities-Academic Year 2019/2020. UGC link

Saturday, October 31, 2020

BetterHelp's Advice for Academic Stress

Students perform best when they're motivated and eager to learn. Having a positive attitude helps direct students’ attention to incompleted tasks. However, with the structure of learning and education drastically changed due to Covid-19, billions of students around the world have been impacted. 

It's no question that motivation may be hard to come by when everyone is feeling the underlying effects of stress in our daily lives.

As the school year continues and exam dates approach, students may be feeling overwhelmed or stressed trying to stay on top of their schoolwork in addition to dealing with the new challenges of online learning or closures. Stress is normal and can even be motivational in driving us to be more productive. Stress is the body's natural response to events occurring around us and our environment—it's how we respond to challenges and situations that may stir up strong emotions, like fear. 


In this article, we'll talk about academic stress and what you can do to cope with it in order to stay in control.


What is Academic Stress?


Academic stress is experienced when the body responds to an event (called a "stressor”) related to academia or school. The condition is common among students who feel that they do not have the capacity to meet the demands of their work or their classes. Stressors are most commonly reported to be exams, public speaking, and a lack of time to complete their work, either due to an overload of assignments or an inability to balance their commitments.


Experienced at high levels, stress can impart a negative impact on our health and performance, not only in school but in life. It may become so severe that you can experience panic attacks or develop a more serious condition like depression or anxiety. As such, it's important to come up with ways to minimize your stress in order to maintain your health.

How To Cope With Academic Stress


1.  Write Down Important Dates


It can be easy to forget important dates once you start accumulating more assignments or schoolwork. Make it easier on yourself by keeping a calendar of your commitments and dates that assignments are due, in addition to the dates of exams.


2.          Create To-Do Lists and Time Tables


Outlining your tasks and budgeting your time can help you feel less overwhelmed as due dates and exams approach. Breaking down projects and assignments into smaller parts can help you visualize what you need to do, making your work more manageable. 


Assigning blocks of time to your tasks will help keep you on track. Try to be realistic about how much time it will take you to complete a reading or writing assignment so that you aren't overwhelmed or pressured for time if you fall a bit behind schedule.


3.          Ask For Help If You Don't Understand


Don't be afraid to ask for help if you have trouble grasping a concept or can't solve a problem you've spent a lot of time on. You may waste time and energy focusing on the problem that could be spent on other tasks. Reach out to a friend, a peer, or your teacher with your concerns and your approach. Sometimes another perspective or explanation can be all you need to see the problem in a new light.


4.          Keep a Regular Schedule


Having a routine helps to cultivate healthy and positive habits that can help us feel accomplished and motivated to handle more tasks. Implementing small tasks like cleaning your room or workspace, making your bed, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast before sitting down to study can take a little pressure off of your bigger tasks since you've already gotten off to a good start for the day.


Maintaining a routine also ensures that you balance your responsibilities and your schoolwork with time to relax. Prioritizing a balance between work and life keeps us in control of our schedules, rather than allowing our work to dictate your schedule. Make sure your schedule includes time to exercise, catching up with your loved ones, eating healthy meals, and sleeping regularly in order to have enough energy to do your work.


5.          Take Breaks


It's important to take breaks when you're studying or working, especially if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed. Suppressing your anxiety or frustration can often backfire, leading you to worry more or get upset later on. Take moments to stretch and to do breathing exercises throughout the day, either between your classes or if you've been reading or sitting for a while. Studies show that movement and breathing help lower your blood pressure in addition to releasing hormones like oxytocin or serotonin lower stress levels in the body. Even just five to ten minutes of movement or breathing can help you feel re-energized.


6.          Reward Yourself


Giving yourself incentives like a sweet treat or things to look forward to (playing a game, seeing a friend) after accomplishing a few tasks, or achieving your goals will keep you motivated. You're working hard and deserve the acknowledgment! Rewards also help to boost your confidence and may release endorphins that keep you happy.



7.          Seek Help If Necessary


If you find yourself in a place where you're so overwhelmed that these tips don't help, talk to someone who can help. A teacher, guidance counselor, parent, or trusted adult can help you discuss your concerns or your burdens. No one is alone and sometimes things are simply too much to tackle on your own.


Some students report turning to therapy in addition to seeking help from their peers or their loved ones. For some students, therapy feels like the only place they're truly understood. No matter the case, sites like BetterHelp offer counseling from licensed professionals in a convenient and affordable way so that anyone who is struggling can find they help they deserve.


Sometimes we find ourselves so overwhelmed that it may be hard to reach out to someone right away. With online therapy, you could talk to someone as quickly as you can type out a text on your phone or the BetterHelp app.



If you're ready to get back in control and want to come up with a plan to resolve academic stress with the help of professionals, check out this link: