A/L begins today with 315,605 candidates

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The GCE (A/L) Examination commences today at 2,204 centres countrywide and ends on August 27.

Commissioner General of Examinations W. M. N. J. Pushpakumara said 315,605 candidates were sitting the examination this year, 240,991 school candidates and 74,614 private candidates.

The Examinations Chief said that there was also a special examination centre for prisoners at the Kalutara prison and two special centres for blind students at Tangalle and Ratmalana.

Candidates had to carry their National Identity Cards or passports, Pushpakumara said, adding that 27,500 personnel would handle the examination activities.

Pushpakumara said the use of mobile phones within examination centres had been completely banned and examination supervisors instructed to be vigilant regarding the use of smart watches which could be used for cheating.

The Examinations Chief said if anyone was detected cheating during the exam by using smart watches he or she would be banned from sitting any public examinations for five years.

Outsiders or teachers of the school used as an examination centre were also prohibited from entering the premises thereof until the examination ended on August 27, he said.

Pushpakumara said that anyone could complain of any violations of exam laws or obtain further information about examinations via the 24–hour telephones: (Department hotline) 1911, 011 2784537, 011-2784208 and (Police headquarters) through 0112491111 or 119.

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