Law entrance students said yesterday they had filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission and would take legal action against the Examinations Department’s failure to investigate the alleged leak of the 2013 law entrance test paper.
The Law Entrance Students Union said it had not received an adequate response when the union inquired from the Examinations Department whether it was carrying out an investigation on the 2013 law examination.
“We are still awaiting an impartial investigation and a re-correction of the answer scripts as promised by the Examinations Department. However they have not informed us about it yet,” Union spokesman Ramzi Bacha said.
Examinations Commissioner W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara had told the media that Sri Lanka Law College Principal W.D. Rodrigo had not requested for an investigation or a re-correction of answer scripts but was willing to comply with such a request if it was made.
However Dr. Rodrigo in a letter said he and members of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education had met Mr. Pushpakumara and other Examinations Department officials on January 4 at which the Examinations Commissioner had assured the council that the Law entrance answer scripts would be re-corrected sequent to an impartial investigation.
Dr. Rodrigo said the Examinations Commissioner had assured that an inquiry with regard to the matter would begin on January 9 and that a report on the Examination Department’s findings would be released by January 15 and the charges with regard to the examination paper leak would be addressed.
Law entrance students alleged that the law entrance results showed preference had been given to some ethnic groups over others. Students complained that Muslim students had been favoured over others who sat the examination in the Tamil medium.
Law entrance students alleged that a teacher at a private class in Wellawatte had distributed answer scripts prior to the examination and that books with the answers to the exam had also been sold. (OJ)