Some G.C.E. Advanced Level centres have been shifted due to fighting on the Kilinochchi front. Of the 10 centres in the Kilinochchi administrative district, three in the Pooneryn area were shifted to Kilinochchi Central College on August 11. The examination began on August 6.
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), which represents INGOs active in Sri Lanka said the centres had to be shifted due to shelling at Vanneikkulam in Pooneryn.
The Examination Department said that altogether 108 centres had been established in the Districts of Mannar (12), Jaffna (76), Mullaitivu (10) and Kilinochchi (10). An official said that the fighting hadn t seriously affected the examination. He was confident that the examination could be held as scheduled.
The examination will end on September 3. The Examination Department said that there would be a three-day break beginning August 22 due to PC elections in the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces on August 23.
The IASC in its latest bulletin released on Monday (18) quoted the Kilinochchi NGO consortium as having said that 4,372 newly displaced had been accommodated at 12 schools in the Kilinochchi district. The Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights said that the Government Agents in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu had brought this to the notice of the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA).
According to the UNICEF, 7,500 children in Madhu education zone and about 4,500 in Vavuniya (north) zone havebeen displaced by the fighting. The agency said that education material, too, had been lost due to multiple displacements and the quantity of materials were insufficient for the upcoming term.
Officials admitted the displaced people would have to be moved out of schools by the first week of September as government schools were scheduled to be re-opened on September 4.
The IASC said that providing shelter to the growing number of the displaced was a priority. According to the IASC, thousands of families who had fled Manthai west and east during previous military operations and sought refuge in LTTE-held areas had been displaced again. They had moved to Kilinochchi town and the neighbouring areas. Altogether, 3,100 families (11,800 persons) had been displaced from Veravil, Kiranchi, Valaippadu, Jeyapuram, Pallavarayankadu and Kariyalainagapaduvan.
Authoritative sources questioned the moves to settle people fleeing ongoing military operations within the LTTE-held areas as they, too, would come within the area of ground operations. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, an official asserted there was absolutely no point in moving the displaced to areas on the part of the multiple army advance into the rapidly shrinking LTTE territory.
The Government Agents in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu and INGOs had identified some sites to re-settle the newly displaced within the LTTE-held area.