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Ten education sector trade unions including principals and teachers charged that the formula used to calculate the GCE A/L Z-score was flawed and therefore urged the government to revise the results and issue it afresh.
 
Association of Educational Professionals General Secretary Wasantha Darmasiri told a news conference that there were several errors in the way the Z-score was calculated.

“There has been no explanation as to how the old and new syllabuses were combined and the way in which it was calculated,” Mr. Darmasiri said.
 
He displayed a formula sheet and said the number of children who sat the examination, the marks obtained the number of exams they sat for and other details were all vital in preparing the Z score.  He said there was no transparency in how the Z-score was prepared and the mistake was visible.
 
“Even if the Education Ministry says these results are accurate, the people do not have any confidence in them. Therefore the Examination Department has to revise the results,” he said.
 
The unions vowed to take countrywide trade union action against the Education Ministry’s refusal to revise the A/L results.

The unions also charged that Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena had not taken responsibility for the grave blunders in the A/L results and should resign from his portfolio immediately. (Olindhi Jayasundere)


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  • crystal Saturday, 31 December 2011 01:12 PM

    what can the government do properly?

    crystal Saturday, 31 December 2011 01:12 PM

    what can the government do properly?

    rumi Saturday, 31 December 2011 01:52 PM

    yes, the are more knowledgeable than ministers.

    Vikum S Saturday, 31 December 2011 06:08 PM

    Method used to calculate Z score was incorrect. When the mean value of two different student populations were not equal it is impossible to combine them and pool them together. Only statistically acceptable method of calculating Z score under these circumstances is to calculate them separately by using relevant mean of the student population. By attempting to use a combine mean entire Z score results have received a wrong and unacceptable Z score result. That is the main reason for severe discrepancies in the entire advanced level results which could lead to multiple court proceedings challenging methodology used in Z score calculations. Only solution is to calculate z scores separately for two examinations and release entire A/L results using standard methodology.

    samira Sunday, 01 January 2012 05:21 AM

    why is the best student island wide selected when the results are false. we teachers,students and parent do not have any trust or hope in the examination .Always the teachers are blamed both by the politicians and parents the government should bring justices to the students ,teachers and parents.

    sanath bandara Friday, 30 December 2011 04:31 PM

    THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO HAVE TWO DIFFERENT Z-SCORES FOR TWO EXAMS AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSION CAN BE DONE ACCORDING TO STUDENT RATIO.

    Bhagye Sunday, 01 January 2012 06:44 AM

    they should show the Z score formula . it is incorrect, it is why they are still hiding it.
    if they will not correct it everyone should stand against them at the court. atleast 30% extra students should be selected to univercity.

    Yuri Sunday, 01 January 2012 07:13 AM

    Then only Gov can it the tamils results, who scored in the North highest marks for Math


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