Sits GCE O/L at age 74


Chandradasa Godage, a 74-year-old resident of Kalubowitiyana, Neluwa, sat the GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2021 on 28 May.

He had applied for the Science and Mathematics subjects  and accordingly, he had sat for the Science paper on 28 May. He will face the Mathematics examination today (30).

Godage said he took the science subject at last year’s GCE Ordinary Level Examination and received an S pass.

“I am 74 years old now. I first sat for the GCE Ordinary Level Examination in 1970. Alapaladeniya Maha Vidyalaya was where I went to school. That examination included seven subjects and four passes. Despite passing the examination, I was unable to find work due to political pressures at the time. I take exams for self-satisfaction, fun, and if there is an exam I want to apply for it. Reading books provides knowledge. I am knowledgeable about science in general. The science question paper this year was more difficult than last year. Learning should not be limited to taking an exam. You must continue to learn until you die. There are lessons to be learned. There is a modernised education system now that the syllabus for exams has changed and become modernised,” he said.

By Kamal Wijehewa – Galle