By Easwaran Rutnam
The Government has decided to go ahead with the Advanced Level (A/L) and Grade 5 scholarship examinations.
Education Minister, Professor G.L G. L. Peiris said that the examinations will be held by following the health guidelines.
He said that the decision was reached after careful consideration and taking into account the fact that most students want the exam to go ahead.
The Minister said that a program will be worked out with the transport and other sectors to ensure the examinations go ahead smoothly.
He also said that special centers will be established for students in quarantine to sit for the exams.
Students sitting for the examinations will need to fill a form related to the health of the student, to be uploaded online before the exam.
The form will be used to trace the student and those the student comes into contact with, in the event the student tests positive for the coronavirus later.
Minister G. L. Peiris said that since the situation is developing daily the developments will be closely monitored.
Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said that the health authorities have given clearance to hold the examinations.
He said that health guidelines, including wearing a face mask and washing hands, will be enforced during the examination.
The Grade 05 Scholarship Examination is set to be held on Sunday, 11th of October, while the GCE Advanced Level Examination is due to be held from Monday, 12th of October to the 06th of November. (Colombo Gazette)