No need for PSC as not a single A/L candidate victimised - Bandula

By Saman Indrajith

None of the candidates who sat the GCE Advanced Level Examination 2011 had been victimized therefore no need to appoint a parliamentary select committee to satisfy political needs of the Opposition, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday.

Replying to a special statement made by the Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe who accused the Government of adopting a lackadaisical attitude towards an important matter which would affect the future generations of this country, the minister said that only 50,724 candidates had applied for the re-scrutiny of answer scripts. In comparison in 2010 there had been 62,268 applications for re-scrutiny of answer scripts.

The Minister said the process of national examinations shouldn’t be politicized. The Department of Examinations held 364 national and international examinations each year. Around 40 international examinations were conducted. Throughout history no minister had interfered or pressured the Examinations Department.

"We never interfered in the process of examinations. Usually it takes four to six months to release the results of an advanced level examination. This year certain quarters wanted to expedite this process. The Ceylon Teacher Service Union threatened to go before courts if the Examinations Department did not release the results by December 31.

"We have requested parents, candidates and teachers to complain if they have any problem related to the Z score formula or the results released, but none had complained so far, " he said.

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