GCE Ordinary Level exams likely to be held in March

The Government is considering holding the GCE Ordinary Level Examination in March 2021, Education Minister Professor G. L. Peiris announced.

Minister Peiris told reporters during a special media briefing held today that the examination will not be required to be postponed beyond March.

If the examination is held as planned, the Examinations Department will release the results within three months, in June.

The students will thereafter be given the opportunity to commence their academic activities for the GCE Advanced Level Examination by July, he said.

The Education Minister further said the Ministry is in the process of selecting a suitable period to hold the exam for 9 days in March 2021.

He said the current Covid pandemic situation in the country is being reviewed every two weeks to finalise the date to hold the GCE Ordinary Level Examinations as proposed.

The Educations Minister highlighted that measures, such as allocating selected examination centres for paper marking, increase in payment for paper marking, and necessary health precautions, are being prepared for the examinations.

Professor G.L. Peiris informed Parliament on Tuesday (01) that the examinations have been postponed and cannot be held as scheduled from 18-  27 January 2021.

Commenting on the reason for the postponement, the Minister told reporters today the key reason to postpone the exams was due to only 5100 schools from 10,165 schools in the island being able to reopen at present.

The remaining schools are unable to resume academic activities, including for Grade 11 students sitting for the Ordinary Level examination, due to the current coronavirus pandemic. A total 621,000 students are eligible to sit for the examinations.

He further explained that the possibility to allocate selected examination centres for students in Colombo was deemed impossible by health authorities due to a hike in Covid cases within the Colombo district.

The Education Minister said that as a result, it was decided that the examination cannot be held as planned in January and will have to be postponed.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner General of Examinations Sanath Pujitha announced that the results of the GCE Advanced Level Examinations will be released in four months, by March.

He said paper marking commenced in thirteen centres from 25 November. The process commenced in 410 more centres in Anuradhapura, Badulla, Batticaloa, Galle, Jaffna, Kandy, Kegalle, Matara, Ratnapura, and Vavuniya.

The Commissioner General of Examinations further said another 500 more centres are to commence marking answer scripts of the GCE Advanced Level examinations from 05 December. (Colombo Gazette)

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