FUTA strike further delays A/L paper markingSeptember 2, 2012, 12:00 pm
by Dasun Edirisinghe
The GCE A/L (2012) answer script evaluation will be further delayed due to the strike by university teachers.
Commissioner General of Examinations W. M. N. J. Pushpa-kumara told The Island yesterday that a date to begin the answer script marking was yet to be decided on.
"We did not schedule a date for evaluation earlier due to university teachers’ refusal to mark answer scripts while being on strike," he said, noting that normally, answer script evaluation began while examination was in progress.
Schools, which were used regularly for answer script evaluation, commence for the third term today and they would be closed again for paper marking, Pushpakumara said.
President of the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri told The Island that their membership had refused to evaluate answer scripts while on strike.
He said that they were awaiting another discussion with Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera shortly.
General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe said that teachers would not participate in answer script evaluation without the assistance of university teachers.
The GCE (A/L) Examination was held from August 06 to 30 at 2,093 centers countrywide. There were 277,601 candidates who sat the examination out of whom 236,025 sat under the new syllabus.
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