ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has rescheduled the country’s long-delayed grade 5 scholarship, GCE ordinary level and advanced level exams for early-to-mid 2022 to allow students more time to prepare, a cabinet statement said.
COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in the closure of public schools since April 27. After a six-month hiatus, schools were fully opened for students up to grade 5 on October 25. Classes for General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level and Advanced Level students will recommence on November 08, officials said.
“Students who are scheduled to sit for the examinations should be given sufficient time to complete their studies after the opening of the schools,” a cabinet paper published on November 01 noted.
“Taking these factors into consideration, the Cabinet of Ministers agreed to the revised schedule for conducting the scheduled examinations for the year 2021 submitted by the Minister of Education.”
As per the cabinet statement, grade 5 scholarship exams are to be held on January 22, 2022, while GCE A/Levels will be held from February 07 to March 05, 2022, and the O/Levels will be held from May 23 to June 1, 2022.
The grade 5 scholarship and the A/Level exams were previously scheduled to commence on November 14 and 15 this year, but were postponed in early October indefinitely to allow time for their syllabi to be covered.
The highly competitive grade 5 scholarship exam is usually held at the end of the primary grade (grade 5) in most state schools in the country and allows students to transfer to “better” or more privileged schools, based on a system of cut-off marks.
The A/L exam, meanwhile, is usually held in the month of August for grade 13 students. Passing A/Ls is a general requirement to enter a Sri Lankan state university. (Colombo/Nov02/2021)