SC orders re-evaluation of O/L results following FR case

21 January 2019 08:40 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Supreme Court directed the Commissioner General of Examinations to appoint an independent team of examiners to re-evaluate the 2013 G.C.E Ordinary Level Examination English paper answered by an aggrieved student and award appropriate marks and a requisite grade as well.

The Bench comprising Justices Sisira J.De Abrew, Prasanna Jayawardena and Murdu Fernando also issued a declaration that the aggrieved student’s fundamental right to equality and equal protection of the law have been infringed.

Chandrani Wijegunawardena (mother) and his daughter Kavitha Sadmini Weerasinghe, a student of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo filed the rights petition citing Commissioner of Examinations, Commissioner of Exam Evaluations, Commissioner as well as Assistant Commissioner of Inquiry, Education Minister and two others as Respondents.

S.N.Vijith Singh with Laknath Seneviratne appeared for the Petitioners. Senior State Counsel Suren Janaraj appeared for the Attorney General.

Petitioners stated they sought to challenge the discriminatory, arbitrary, capricious and spiteful conduct of the Respondents in preventing the aggrieved student from obtaining an ‘A’ grade in the subject of English at the Ordinary Level Examinations of 2013.

Petitioners complained that the relevant inquiry officers had told them that there was an irregularity in the examination paper answered by the said student but although they tried to assist in rectifying the matter, they were unable to do so. (S.S.Selvanayagam)

  Comments - 6

  • das Monday, 21 January 2019 08:54 PM

    One problem in the O-Level and A-Level English papers is that often better students get marked down because the teachers/ graders don't have the language competency to understand what proficient urban students are trying to say. The teachers are on par with the so-called "godey" children from villages and that's the type of English they know.

    elitist Monday, 21 January 2019 10:48 PM

    Quite true. Many so-called English teachers have never read an English novel in their lives, except perhaps for what was prescribed in their school syllabus. These people think that "Godey English" is correct and what students from the leading schools produce is wrong, and mark question papers accordingly. I don't know how this could be rectified because the Godey types vastly outnumber the others.

    Mahila Monday, 21 January 2019 11:12 PM

    Appears to be the case. How do we remedy the situation is the issue

    elmi Tuesday, 22 January 2019 07:10 AM

    Another concern is the lost opportunity cost to the student due to the 6 year delay in granting relief

    Sunil Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:42 AM

    A classic example of the idiotic manner in which these state officials deal with the grievances of the public.

    sunil vijaya Wednesday, 23 January 2019 07:15 AM

    how can a these teachers teach English when they cant even pronounce English properly - SCHOOL they pronounce as ISCHOOL so the outstation students follow their teacher. GALLE as GOAL and GOAL as GALLE. that's really funny! most TV presenters look polish but when they open their mouths all hell break lose - DOT.COM - pronounced in a horrendous way - all this new middle eastern class running our media!!

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