Sri Lanka Cancels School Exams Over Paper Shortage

Schools in the Western Province of Sri Lanka cancelled exams for millions of students as the country ran out of printing paper, without cash to finance imports.

Western province Provincial Director of Education Priyantha Srilal Nonis said that final term tests for grades 9, 10, and 11 are postponed until after the April holidays. The exams were initially scheduled for March 28.

“Third-party printers are finding it difficult to print school exam papers due to shortages and price increases in paper and other materials,” Nonis said, adding that Sri Lanka’s current economic crisis have led to shortages in many imports including paper.

Around two thirds of the country’s 4.5 million students will be affected by the postponement, authorities said.

Sri Lanka is experiencing a shortage of foreign currencies and is on the verge of bankruptcy. It announced this week that it will be seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund to resolve its debts and increase its foreign exchange reserves.

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