The Education Ministry lowered the cutoff point for awarding grades at the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination last time, and it was the reason for the increase in the number of students who passed the exam, Parliament was informed today.
During question time, JVP parliamentary group leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the cutoff mark for awarding an ordinary pass for Mathematics had been reduced to as low as 17 last time.
“This is the reason for the increase in the results. Otherwise, it does not reflect that students have performed well at the exam. Instead of taking steps to improve the performance of students at such a national exam, the Ministry has lowered the cutoff marks for awarding grades,” he said. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
The Dept. Education should employ more teachers to teach specially Maths instead of lowering the passing level to 17. This method will cover up the deficiency in the system but will harm the students in this field, because the knowledge of maths is very important for future studies. This procedure is a short sighted solution and is not that intelligent action by the responsible authorities.
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