GCE/O level exam to commence 1 March: Full attention on exam despite challenges
By Thameenah Razeek
The G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination 2020 will commence on 1 March and go on for nine days.
Six hundred and twenty two thousand (622,000) candidates are scheduled to appear for the examination.
Education Minister Prof G. L. Peiris said, all arrangements have already been made for the conducting of the examination during the pandemic and arrangements have been made to set up at least two special examination centers in each district in preparation for any student who becomes infected. The Minister said, this year’s examination will be held at 4,513 island-wide centers. Over Rs. 500, 000 has been provided financially at the provincial level for the preparation of the special examination centres. He further stated, information has been obtained regarding all activities and planned accordingly under a comprehensive program.
Measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the students in consultation with the Public Health Inspectors, Medical Officers and other health authorities of the areas. “Discussions have been held with the Sri Lanka Railway Department and the Road Passenger Transport Authority regarding the implementation of transport activities during the examination period.
Prof. Peiris said, the Navy and the security forces are directly involved in resolving problems arising from any adverse weather conditions in these areas.
He also said, the Ministry of Education would pay full attention to ensure that the education of the children continue uninterrupted despite all the challenges. The results of the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination will be released in July.