August 22, 2019 | 4:05 PM IST
Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan schools reopen amid fear and fresh terror warnings

Sri Lanka, which is on its way to recovery from serial bombs that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday more than two weeks ago, has opened its schools for grade six to 12 students from Monday. Classes for grades one to five will resume from May 13. However, certain changes important from security point of view have been made. 
The students will be required to carry see-through school bags, lunch boxes and water bottles. Also, the parking will be at a distance from the schools. Though the government has taken this strong decision, school principals, management and parents are not really comfortable with the idea. 
However, parents of a reputed school in Negombo, where more than 100 persons lost their lives when the suicide bomber struck the St Sebastian church, have informed the management that they would send their children after another week, says a report. 
Though the government is trying its best to bring back the nation to normalcy, Sri Lankan security agencies, including the army, have warned of new terror attacks. A special command centre has been set up to coordinate anti-terror operations and more troops have been deployed to carry out search operations. The agencies are still on a lookout for four terrorists involved in Easter attacks, reveal reports. 
However, Minister of Education, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has also assured that security will be tightened at religious places and schools when the new term commences. 

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