ECONOMYNEXT- The final decision on the dates of the O/L examinations will be taken by 10 December depending on the resumption of schools in the Western Province and other isolated areas, Education Minister Prof G.L. Peiris said.
Speaking to reporters today, he said that if it is decided to hold the examinations as previously planned them the ministry will be flexible in preparing the exam papers depending on how much of the syllabus has been covered.
He said this was following examples such as the UK which tried that flexibility in their exams which were held during the pandemic.
The Minister said that although e-learning methods are introduced to cover the syllabus for students, it is not a complete solution as it is required for the students to meet the teachers face-to-face for certain activities.
Further, he said that if the government continues to close down the schools it will mean shutting down the lives of the students and added that ministry will take decision on the resumptions of schools based only in two factors, the assurance of the health and safety of the students and their future.
Also, he said that when the decision was made to go ahead with A/L exams, it was a difficult decision to make at that time as many criticized the decision by the government, “but we had the courage to conduct those exams. Later the parents praised us for the decision,” he added.
Moreover, he said that by yesterday only 51pct of students and 82pct of teachers have attended schools island-wide.
G.C.E. O/L examinations are currently scheduled to be held 18 – 27 January 2021. (Colombo/Nov26/2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe