Ban on preparatory classes for public exams

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All preparatory classes and seminars will be banned one week prior to public examinations -- including the Grade-5 Scholarship, GCE O/L and the A/L, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said yesterday.

The minister told a news conference yesterday that the decision to do so was taken to prevent the circulation of rumours of examination paper leaks. The gazette notification will be effective from the 2012 GCE O/L examination.

“We have also sought the Attorney General’s advise on legal action that can be taken against those who attempt to create public disturbances by circulating rumours about examinations and its procedures,” the minister said adding that it would help prevent the Examinations Department from being politicized as well.
Meanwhile, a performance review of the 2012 Grade-5 scholarship examination was issued at the media briefing held at the Education Ministry.
According to the review carried out by the Examinations Department’s Research and Development Branch denotes a slight escalation in the number of candidates obtaining marks higher than the cut-off point.

“This year 10.76 per cent of the students had obtained more marks than the cut-off point as opposed to 10.38 per cent last year. Some 45 of those who obtained marks above the cut-off point are from low-economic families and about 15,000 of them will be chosen for government bursaries,” Examinations Commissioner W.M.J. Pushpakumara said.

The highest competence level provincial wise has been scored by the Wayamba Province with 70.42 per cent of the candidates obtaining more than 70 marks. Education-zone wise, the highest competence level was from the Nikawaratiya Zone. (Lakna Paranamanna)
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  • Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 18 October 2012 06:40 AM

    Ex-Tuition Master, who made a fortune with his "Dana-Rina" theories, now trying to hit the tuition mudalalis below the belt. The saying "I was born intelligent but education spoilt me" aptly suits this minister.

    kumara Thursday, 18 October 2012 06:57 AM

    What about banning the exams? :)

    A citizen Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:25 AM

    First class joker

    FreeEdu onNasty Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:27 AM

    Free education system has become now "Acha Ru" and Saambaru by our samurdi and bandula maaama nisa

    Gadzooks Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:37 AM

    Why not work to improve government schools? Reduce class sizes to maximum 25 students, ensure teachers are qualified and present and then actually teaching, using modern methods and technologies. My grandchildren go to a government school from 0730 till 1300 or 1400, and then again they go to classes from 3 -5 p.m. That is ridiculous timetable for little children. And then some children are on their way to school at 0530 or 0600. What kind of barbaric educational system is this?

    Spencer48 Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:55 AM

    So the Jester has spoke . .. .. He needs to figure out why Children are going for tuition classes ? ?? ? ?
    All I can say is . . . . . u are an without direction

    SADS Thursday, 18 October 2012 08:44 AM

    THIS IS MAD ..........

    R.Sunthar Thursday, 18 October 2012 02:58 AM

    Tuition master wants to perpetuate the tuition culture without eradicating it.

    Just Another Citizen Thursday, 18 October 2012 03:11 AM

    Soon they'll be telling you what you can learn and what you cannot.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Thursday, 18 October 2012 03:10 AM

    Perhaps it is time for all teachers to become politicians so that they could afford to live.

    Asanka Friday, 19 October 2012 05:58 AM

    dont you have better things to do than this?

    Sarath Maldives Thursday, 18 October 2012 04:44 AM

    When will he think of ways how best teaching and learning can be done in classrooms of government schools? We don’t want to hear him talking about things he has not got any control over?

    Neva gnth ban choon Thursday, 18 October 2012 04:59 AM

    They just want to make sure most of the students fail the exams.

    Politicians hate educated people, all around the wold.

    dalu banda Thursday, 18 October 2012 05:14 AM

    He should close his foul mouth for the betterment of hard working students community.

    Rania Thursday, 18 October 2012 05:40 AM

    How can you stop private one done without advertising. The tuition teachers will charge more and have more expensive private seminars in their homes. Once again the poor will suffer as they will not be able to afford it.

    perumal Thursday, 18 October 2012 05:47 AM

    Stop all classes, preparatory or otherwise, and the mutt generation will keep you in power for ever.

    Minister Thursday, 18 October 2012 06:06 AM

    This will go to the history books of Sri Lanka as Bandula's Solution alias "atheesareta amuda gaheema"

    Minister Thursday, 18 October 2012 06:00 AM

    Amathi thumooo, Shall we ban all private tuition classes? Then we will not have any traffic in the evenings and you will have no head ache during public examinations!

    YEHIYA Thursday, 18 October 2012 06:18 AM

    Making funny things to legislation. NOW WE ARE 2ND TO AFRICAN COUNTRIES.

    Hussain Thursday, 18 October 2012 06:33 AM

    Idiotic statement. Next time he may say not to study at all.


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