O/L Exam : Protesters urged not to block roads

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Echoing pleadings by teachers, parents and students, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha appealed to the public not to hold protests, blocking roads that would inconvenience children from going to GCE Ordinary Level Examination centres.

Examinations Department Commissioner General, L.M.D. Dharmasena said all preparations, including the supply of fuel for public transportation and examination staff, have been made for the examination, which begins today (23).

Arrangements were made following discussions with officials from the Petroleum Corporation, transportation and the Examinations Department.

During discussions, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) marketing manager, Chaminda Samarakoon said plans have been made for Examinations Department officials who will be on duty starting today to obtain fuel.

“The CPC has advised all 126 filling stations across the country to provide fuel to them without making them wait in queues. A special police deployment has also been made to ensure that they receive fuel without difficulty,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has advised the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) not to impose power cuts during the examination period or after 6 p.m. until the end of the examination.

The Commissioner also urged people not to stage roadblocks which would disrupt candidates and requested candidates to obtain their examination forms online if they had not received them. It also reminded all school and private candidates to have their signatures on their admission forms certified. The Commissioner urged candidates to heed instructions only issued by the Examinations Department and not to rely or follow social media posts or comments.

BY Thameenah Razeek