No decision on scholarship scrap

2013-12-30 22:16:58

Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said yesterday that the government had not taken a final decision on abolishing the Grade five scholarship examination.

Although the National Education Council had recommended the restructuring of the paper for the years 2014 and 2015, the Minister said the Education Ministry was yet to decide on that aspect as well.

“After the recent news that the scholarship examinations will be cancelled in 2016 there has been a fair amount of debate within the country regarding the examination itself. I am thankful to the media for triggering such a debate. The government however does not intend to curtail opportunities for children from the village. Instead we want the children from the village to be educated and further their academics,” he told a news conference.

Responding to a question regarding the proposal to scrap the scholarship exam, the Minister said the final decision on the matter would be taken in 2015.
 “The National Education Council has said that it would announce a decision regarding the examination after studying it in the next two years. Therefore the decision on if the exam is to be completely scrapped or muted will be taken on that day” he said. (Ranjan Kasthuri)

  Comments - 22

  • MrRetort Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:17

    Plan would put in place after the elections

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    C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:30

    Sri Lanka is all the time experimenting with educational reforms while reducing the budgetary allocation for education every year..
    Education and exams are in a mess.

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    Jagath Leanage Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:57

    Common minister. What are you talking now? Before making a statement or speech, you have to think deeply. After all you are the Minister of Education who is in-charge of the entity giving education to the whole nation. If you continue to do this, you will become a LAUGHING STOCK.

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    taurus Tuesday, 31 December 2013 03:57

    If village children learn english, they will be more knowledgeable than the Minister, which means his job security is at state.

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    John Tuesday, 31 December 2013 04:24

    He is one already, but the parents and children are not laughing!

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    NM Tuesday, 31 December 2013 05:09

    He is a laughing stock..........DR NM may be laughing

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    Perumal Tuesday, 31 December 2013 07:23

    This minister is eating his own vomit!

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    ANTON Tuesday, 31 December 2013 01:09


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    alex Tuesday, 31 December 2013 01:29

    Abolish this exam and let the kids enjoy their childhood please

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    ANTON Tuesday, 31 December 2013 01:38


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    Ravin Tuesday, 31 December 2013 01:55

    This job is to create some decoys then and there so everyone starts to jump. He wins at the end

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    Ganesh Tuesday, 31 December 2013 01:57

    There is no point in continuing this unnecessary examination in a poor developing country in the name of helping poor and rural students who can be well identified and helped by the ministry itself because the minister himself was an economics teacher who suggested that a student could live with Rs7500 a month .Instead English language should be taught to all students for them to lead a better life and education because even most of the lecturers and graduates are very poor in the language and seem to be frogs in the well.Funny thing is they are not good at either their Sinhala or Tamil vernacular so please minister think on these lines .AL vast syllabus nobody thinks of English and pass out as unemployable not only in our country but foreign as well.

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    Goofy Tuesday, 31 December 2013 01:57

    Made a wrong statement. Now buying time. These are the the of leaders we have in Sri Lanka.

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    Andrew Pitugala Tuesday, 31 December 2013 04:06


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    siri Tuesday, 31 December 2013 04:56

    Dear Minister,you are triying to close all super schools for villagers.

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    rani Tuesday, 31 December 2013 05:38

    Absolutely Andrew,you are right he's like a a joker.Mr.President it's over to you to appoint an intellectual person for this most important ministry in Srilanka. Get rid of this puppet.

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    Arjuna Ranawana Tuesday, 31 December 2013 05:48

    I agreed with Siri, that Minister wants to only Royal Collages and forgot how he was learnt and become a Minister !. Better to turn all school as private educational institutions.

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    investigator Tuesday, 31 December 2013 07:10

    curse for these stupid politicians for destroying education and destroying the opprtunities for talented children for better studdies.if cant do good things at leat therse dont destroy what is available now for children.shame shame shame.

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    dalubanda Tuesday, 31 December 2013 08:04

    This guy said he can live with Rs 2500 or 7500 pm?

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    T Wickramaratna Wednesday, 1 January 2014 03:54

    If Bandula is made to sit for the scholarship exam, he is sure to fail.

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    dharmapala Wednesday, 1 January 2014 04:07

    minister you are traying to learn work in education,youwant stop grade 5 exam, no teachers in school you want have commission,, you want to stop oversees education,what is wrong with you,,

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    Samson Wednesday, 1 January 2014 05:16

    This is a minister who does not know what he speaks and what he does. We all heard him say on news that the scholarship exam will be scraped. He speaks lot of crap. Well suited to be the education minister of a banana republic.

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