Z-score muddle: 1,675 students complain to HRC

2012-08-01 00:37:39

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has received as many as 1,675 complaints from students whose Z-scores had changed after the re-calculation based on a Supreme Court ruling, officials said yesterday.

Commissioner Pratibha Mahanama said the authorities concerned could not go by the previous Z-score calculations, which were declared null and void by the Supreme Court.

He underscored the fact that the Court ruling should be respected and asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to consult the Attorney General to decide on the steps to be taken regarding students disappointed over their previous Z-scores being changed.

“That is the latest position,” he said.

Earlier, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Sunil Jayantha Navaratne said the next university intake could be increased by 3,000 to accommodate even the affected students.

However, the Vice Chancellors Committee said that they had not been consulted on increasing the intake of students.

“If they want to increase the intake, we have to assess the facilities at each university. Some faculties are already overcrowded whereas there is space in other faculties. We have to assess the situation before deciding on any increase in the intake,” said a Vice Chancellor who did not wish to be named.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 13

  • DMirrorFan Wednesday, 1 August 2012 00:53

    I think UGC and SB may be clueless! Whatever result they give some set of students will go court. Ane manda. SB uncle confused.

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    weha Wednesday, 1 August 2012 10:10

    you should understand what the children must have gone through. only the people who sat for ALs know how hard it is. i mean with all the pressure and stuff.

    Reply : 0       4

    Professor Thursday, 2 August 2012 05:13

    The Supreme Court has given a ruling to rectify the error in the z-score calculation. So, UGC has to go by that ruling and put out the cut off marks.

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    Cyclops Wednesday, 1 August 2012 02:11

    Just cannot understand this comedy. Why don't they sack the authors of this whole mess and go back to the old system? So damn sorry for those kids who gave it their heart and soul just so they could enter the University. Shows clearly this govt's impotence. Shame, shame and double shame!!!

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    jayasri Wednesday, 1 August 2012 02:47

    This is the habit of our people. They don't event accept the Supreme Court ruling. For every thing human rights..

    Reply : 6       10

    Surasena Wednesday, 1 August 2012 02:52

    Things are nicely matching, as the Z-score makes blunder and nowhere near to intake the new batches, the government has to keep the Universities closed until/unless Z-score blunder is resolved.
    The university DONS just playing according to the government need keeping the universities closed.

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    Janaki Kalansuriya Wednesday, 1 August 2012 03:19

    No point in going to HRC. My daughter left the shores of SL with such hurt courtesy of Govt Authority. I only wish these children no heartaches any more than they already have suffered. And to think we have 03 Ministers to the subject of Education. I wonder if Grero's school allows children to sit the local A/Ls? If they do, hasn't anyone been affected by this comedy of errors?

    Reply : 0       14

    atula Wednesday, 1 August 2012 03:40

    The time up with A Level and few days to go why not try Duck worth-Lewis Method with SB and Bandula as umpires and our President as Referee

    Reply : 1       9

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 1 August 2012 06:23

    Nutties cannot handle the Z-Score affair. Both the crackos (SB & Bandula) should resign their positions and get back to the field to cultivate.

    Reply : 0       2

    Bikechain Bubbleband Wednesday, 1 August 2012 06:26

    Until a fair ruling is given - the Govt. cannot run away for this issue.

    Reply : 0       3

    Jayantha Jayamanne Wednesday, 1 August 2012 06:29

    MR it seems this is the down fall of your regeime. Better sack both Ministers before the entire Student Force come to the streets, not a joke.

    Reply : 0       3

    Azmi Wednesday, 1 August 2012 08:19

    Forget about political drama,give the better fair salutation to student....

    Reply : 0       4

    Pragmatic Thursday, 2 August 2012 17:44

    The UGC should pay to admit most of the extra 3000 students to private universities in Sri Lanka!
    Most of the students who graduate from such private universities end up with excellent practical skills, good employment prospects and with opportunities for higher education abroad. It would be a great opportunity for them to receive a high quality education!
    Also, it would "solve" the problem of university students striking and demonstrating against the establishment of competitive private universities in the country.

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