2021 O/L Exam begins today


The 2021 GCE Ordinary Level Examination will begin today (23), and will continue till 1 June.

The examination was scheduled to be held last year but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of candidates sitting the examination this time is 517,496, with 407,129 being school candidates, according to the Department of Examinations.

A total of 3,844 centres have been set up with 542 coordinating centres already operational.

When asked the time when candidates should arrive at the examination hall,Commissioner General  of Examinations, M.D. Dharmasena, advised students to arrive earlier than usual in the morning. He emphasised the importance of arriving early for those who use public transport as well as private vehicles.

Given the current fuel crisis, the Commissioner General advised candidates to arrive at examination centres as early as 7:30 a.m. A half-hour grace period is usually allowed under examination law, according to the Commissioner. However, given the current crisis, special instructions have been issued to ensure that no one is sent home from the examination centre. “A WhatsApp group has also been formed, so that we can be notified right away if students are late. Students who have not yet received their GCE Ordinary Level Admission could do so from the Department of Examinations’ official website. The Examinations Department website has facilities for name changes, subject changes, and media changes in the relevant admission,” he said.

In the case of any issue, the Department of Examinations has given hotline 011 2784208 and 0112784537 or 1911, Commissioner Dharmasena said.

BY Thameenah Razeek