O/L paper marking interrupted

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The second phase of G.C.E. Ordinary Level 2021 Examination paper marking was delayed due to transport issues faced by examiners.

Commissioner General of Examinations, L.M. Dharmasena said, the Examinations Department is also having difficulty in collecting answer sheets due to a lack of fuel.

“Teachers and other officials have informed us that transportation cannot be arranged. We do not have an exact date for resuming paper marking, but we will resume marking when the Government can guarantee fuel supply,” he said.

Teachers staged protests in front of marking centres islandwide, threatening to withdraw from their duties. They lamented that as they must engage in paper marking activities until around 4:00 p.m., they should be provided with a method to obtain kerosene oil for domestic cooking purposes, without having to queue.

Meanwhile, examination authorities are facing a crisis due to a lack of teachers to mark Advanced Level Examination papers, and some teachers assigned to paper marking duties claim they are being intimidated and are not being allowed to show up for work.

Meanwhile, the paper marking crisis has spread to other areas, according to Sri Lanka Teachers’ Union General Secretary, Joseph Stalin. He said paper marking has been halted in Matara, Galle, Gampaha, Kurunegala, and Kandy.

By Thameenah Razeek