Officials claimed Saturday that Sri Lanka cancelled examinations for millions of pupils because the country ran out of printing paper and Colombo was short on funds to pay imports.

The term examinations, planned for a week from Monday, have been postponed indefinitely, according to education officials, due to a severe paper scarcity as Sri Lanka grapples with its greatest financial crisis since independence in 1948.

“School principals are unable to hold the examinations because printers are unable to get foreign exchange to import essential paper and ink,” according to the Western Province Department of Education.

According to official sources, the action may effectively put two-thirds of the country’s 4.5 million students’ exams on hold.

Term assessments are part of a year-long evaluation process that determines whether pupils will be promoted to the next grade level.

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