All schools across the Northern Province will be shut on Friday in order to commemorate the death of a Tamil student who committed suicide in protest at the continued detention of Tamil political prisoners.
The Northern Provincial Council's Education Secretary Ravindran made the announcement as hundreds of students at Jaffna University called for justice for the death of 18-year-old Rajeswaran Senthuran, who took his own life in protest at the Sri Lankan government's failure to release Tamil political prisoners.
Friday also marks the Tamil day of remembrance, Maaveerar Naal.
See our earlier posts:
Tamil teen commits suicide over political prisoner issue (26 Nov 2015)