Teachers complain of blunder in A/L Chemistry paper

By Dasun Edirisinghe

 Teachers yesterday claimed that part (C) of the GCE (Advanced Level) Chemistry second paper, of the new syllabus, was out of the syllabus.

Speaking to The Island those teachers said the question was regarding the Ether synthesis process, which was removed from the syllabus in 1997.

One Chemistry teacher said "Nothing has been taught to the students on the Ether synthesis process, under the present syllabus." He added that it was very difficult question to answer as a considerable amount of marks would given for it.

Another teacher said that some students could answer it using their knowledge of organic Chemistry, but it was very unfair.

When contacted for comment Commissioner General of Examinations W. M. N. J. Pushpakumara said that the paper had been prepared according to the syllabus.

However, the exams chief promised to carry out further investigations into the matter.

Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena was not available for comment.

Meanwhile, a group of concerned parents, who spoke to The Island, said that they would take the matter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa as neither, the Examinations Commissioner General nor the Education Minister was contactable and the Examinations Department continued to make blunders when setting questions for vital examinations.

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