No admissions to intermediate classes hereafter – Susil

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Students will not be admitted to intermediate classes, up to the G.C.E. Ordinary Level, in the schools that admit students to Grade 6 only based on the marks obtained at Grade 5 Scholarship examination in the future, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said, adding this will be a significant positive step in Sri Lanka’s education system.

The Minister said, he believes that by not having such a system, serious injustice to gifted students can be avoided.

According to the education policies and reforms in Finland, which has the world’s best education system, the most difficult profession to obtain is teaching, Premajayantha said, adding, “Finnish parents have full confidence in the teachers  who are appointed after competitive exams, interviews, and four years of excellent training. There is no common examination for students in grades one through nine. Parents who entrust their children to the teacher’s supervision are completely satisfied with the teacher’s evaluation alone and the teacher works hard to correct the children’s shortcomings without revealing any personal characteristics.”

BY Thameenah Razeek