A programme will be put in place to prevent potential disruptions, caused by natural disasters, during the GCE Ordinary Level (O/L) examination 2021, which began today, Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations of Disaster Management Centre (DMC), Janaka Handunpathiraja said.
He said, due to the country’s Covid-19 situation, the GCE O/L examination, which was scheduled to be held last year was postponed and the Examinations Department decided on the new date.
He said, as the Southwest monsoon intensifies during this time, the DMC has made preparations to implement a disaster mitigation programme in collaboration with the Department of Examinations.
If you are unable to attend the examination due to a natural disaster, contact the DMC on hotline 117 or the Department of Examinations’ Coordinating Office on hotline 1911.These numbers will function 24/7 to resolve problems of students, according to Handunpathiraja.
He said, during the examinations, rescue teams of the DMC will be on alert in the Districts vulnerable to natural disasters. If a disastrous situation arises, students could immediately contact the DMC.
“The Director General of DMC has instructed parents and students to be attentive to instructions and guidelines issued by the DMC and to act accordingly avoiding disruptions,” Handunpathiraja said.
With the rise in dengue cases accompanied by the inclement weather, the Health sector has instructed to keep the surroundings of examination centres as well as residences clean to prevent the spread of dengue. There is a threat of the spread of rat fever in areas vulnerable to floods. The public must be vigilant to the threat, Handunpathiraja added.
By Naalir Jamaldeen