O/L, A/L dates should not be announced – CTSU

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The Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) said it is unsuitable to announce dates for the examinations such as GCE Ordinary Level and Advanced Level examinations, when results of the 2021 exam have not been released yet.

CTSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe in response to a statement by the Minister of Education that this year’s A/Level Examination will be delayed by a month, said, “Education Ministry must consider the students re-appearing for the A/L exam when considering the postponement of exams as they must be given a suitable time period to prepare for the exam. The exam dates must be announced after granting an appropriate time period for students who want to re-appear for the exam or to change their subjects.”  Jayasinghe noted that the CTSU has taken steps and made sure that the Education Minister has been informed of this concern.

Furthermore, he noted that the Education Ministry should be mindful about the weather conditions that can disrupt the students during the exam periods, recalling that many districts experience heavy rain during November, which is also a factor that must be considered to avoid previous mistakes.

Reminding that the students who faced O/L examination in May 2022 had to sit for the exams during adverse weather conditions, Jayasinghe noted that students had to go through such difficulties because the Education Ministry did not look into the weather conditions before finalising exam dates. 

By Nabiya Vaffoor