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AL and Grade 5 Scholarship examinations will be held as scheduled – Minister

ECONOMYNEXT-The GCE Advanced Level exams and Grade 5 Scholarship exams will be held as planned despite the Covid scare the Education Minister has said.

Grade 05 scholarships exams are scheduled for October 11, while the GCE AL’s will be held from October 12 to November 06, 2020.

“More than 300,000 students are sitting for the grade 05 scholarship exam this year in 2936 exams centres islandwide” Education Minister Prof G.L. Pieris told reporters in Colombo today.

“And there are 362,000 students sitting for the GCE AL Examination his year in 2648 exam centres.”

Pieris said the government decided to hold the exams despite the ongoing situation in the country without postponing it again and delaying the exams for the students.

“The government has decided to go ahead with exams under the guidance of the health and security authorities,” Pieris said.

“We will sterilize all the exam halls in Gampaha district and we will provide transportation for all the people who need to go to exam centres in other areas,” he said.

Adding to that he said, students who are from families under quarantine will be directed to separate exam centres in Minuwangoda and Gampaha areas.

Secretary to the Ministry of Education Professor Kapila Perera said a special application form will be issued by the Ministry of Education for all the students to fill which will be used to trace students if any situation arises.

“As we have researched most of the students who need to go to another district is from Gampaha zone.”

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“We discussed whether we are going to give them a separate exam centre from Gampaha or we let them go to their schools as usual.”

Perera said after the discussion with transportation authorities the Ministry took the decision.

“We decided to let them go to their schools as usual.”

“But we will follow strict guidelines of the health authorities.” (Colombo/ October 7/ 2020)

Reported by Chanka Jayasinghe

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