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Installing mobile phone signal jamming equipment at examination centres during the GCE Advanced Level examinations was not practical, Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Minister Harin Fernando said.

The Department of Examinations had announced that it would install jammers in view of disabling mobile phone signals within the examination centres during the GCE Advanced Level examination.

The DoE decided to launch a pilot project to disable mobile phone signals within the examination centres during the national exams from GCE Advanced Level examinations, scheduled to be held this August.

Addressing a news briefing, Minister Fernando said installing jammers within the examination centres would create problems because it may inconvenience other individuals, who were not involved in the examinations.

“Department of Examinations has not yet discussed the proposal with the Telecommunication Ministry. However, we would have discussions with the officials of the Department of Examinations and come to an effective method,” he said.

He said it was trickier if the jammers could be affixed to the towers but was costly. 

“The best way to avoid mobile phones from being used within exams centres is to conduct a full body checkup of the candidates, prior to the commencement of the examinations,” he said. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

 

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  • BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 30 July 2018 04:44 PM

    I think their is a growing trend of fools in this country.

    Tom Jones Monday, 30 July 2018 05:06 PM

    Is it more costlier than buying a duty free car for the parliamentarians. Come on Hain. I know you and your father in law both. Please pack up your bags to leave the luxury you are enjoying. We have had enough of Yahapalanaya and mahinda chinthana ans don sirisena from polonnaruwa. We will get an Imran khan from Sri Lanka to put this country on the correct path.

    AIA Monday, 30 July 2018 05:10 PM

    Have you ever been in an exam hall ???

    Thanos Monday, 30 July 2018 07:12 PM

    The range of the jammers better be tuned properly or it could cause havoc to many systems especially if there is an emergency.

    stardust Monday, 30 July 2018 08:58 PM

    unbelievable they are even unable to do a proper check of all students. This cant be so difficult. And inforce a strict punishment in case still a student gets caught. via DM Android App

    lkboy Tuesday, 31 July 2018 09:16 AM

    Why cant they do a body check?

    SAM Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:02 AM

    Do we have examiners who are capable of doing their job? Do other countries make use of Jammers for exams?

    Perakum Wednesday, 01 August 2018 01:47 PM

    Why do we need jammers? Examiners should be able to detect any unauthorised activity and punish the culprits.


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