ECONOMYNEXT- Minister of Education Prof G.L. Peiris is saying that the government expects to hold the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination by March next year and further postponement wouldn’t be necessary.
Speaking to reporters this morning, he said that if the O/L exams are held in March then results would be out in three months by June.
The minister said that it was necessary to postpone the O/L examinations due to “the uncontrollable situation currently faced by the country,” with regard to the Covid 19 Pandemic.
“We cannot risk the health of the students and if classes cannot be conducted for all students facing the exams in the same manner, in that unusual condition it is not fair to hold the exams,” he said.
However, he said the ministry will not close down all the schools in the country.
He also said that Advanced Level classes for students will commence in July and added that by that the students will not have a disadvantage as usually A/L classes commence in September.
Further, he said that results of the 2020 G.C.E A/L examination will be released by March next year.
He also said that the ministry has allocated Rs 10,000 each for answer sheet marking centres for both O/L and A/L examination to get health care materials which are mandated under the Health Services guidelines due to the Covidn19 pandemic while increasing amounts given for marking.
Peiris said that 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.
However, since the schools in Western Province and other isolated areas are not yet open for academic activities the decision was taken to postpone the O/L examinations. (Colombo/Dec 3/ 2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe