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The presidential secretariat has decided to intervene in trying to resolve the Z-score crisis following the Supreme Court ruling that the University Grants Commission (UGC) recalculates the rankings on the basis that the two syllabuses are different, informed sources said.

Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga has invited Senior Professor R.O. Thattil for a meeting next week to sort out this matter. It was Prof. Thattil who had introduced the Z-score marking system for admitting students to universities.

Professor Thattil had said he was not consulted when the 2011 GCE A/L Z-score was calculated by taking the two syllabuses together.

Teachers, parents and students filed an application in the Supreme Court against this method of calculating the rankings.

Meanwhile, the UGC has decided to file a motion seeking a clarification on the ruling.

When asked about the intervention by the residential secretariat, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardane said the A/L students would sit the examination in August under two syllabuses and therefor the same problem would be repeated if a solution was not found soon.

“The presidential secretariat trying to work out a sustainable solution,” he said.

Higher Education Ministry Secretary Sunil Navaratne also said the problem would be discussed with the presidential secretariat. (Kelum Bandara)  
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  • Voter Saturday, 30 June 2012 01:11 AM

    Why do we need two dumb Ministers of Education if the matter has to be solved by the Presidential Secretariat, Mr Ministers please resigen instead of been jokers

    Hettiarachchi Saturday, 30 June 2012 01:39 AM

    What the ministers are for? Only to enjoy perks and comforts at the expense of the people/

    Yapa Saturday, 30 June 2012 02:17 AM

    Why can't the UGC and the 2 ministries of Education solve the problem they created .Will this turn in to another expert group approach and confuse the issue
    - Yapa

    Black Mamba Saturday, 30 June 2012 02:50 AM

    So the President has to step in finally to clean the mess created by his Minister's incompetence though he screams that it is not his fault!

    Fazli Saturday, 30 June 2012 03:13 AM

    So we are over ruling SC verdict ! The super SC is now trying to uphold the UGC rankings. By the time we sort out & re sort out UGC members will have retired. Stand by the students when reaching any consensus onthe matter & DONT LET ANYBODY'S EGO HAVE A SAY.

    Fazli Saturday, 30 June 2012 03:31 AM

    Oh I thought, as everywhere, the Supreme Court verdict is the ultimate ruling.

    N. Jayasuriya Saturday, 30 June 2012 03:36 AM

    I am glad that Presidential Secretariat has decided to invite Prof. Thatil for a discussion because he is the best person to sort this out.

    Prasannajit Saturday, 30 June 2012 03:56 AM

    Why do we have ministers and ministries then. Let Presidential secretariat handle all.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 30 June 2012 03:59 AM

    Immediate solution is needed, whoever does it, this is important,. rather than passing the ball to all corners, it is better to solve this national issue and save our innocent children and their future. Let not this subject come up again.

    Izaawa Saturday, 30 June 2012 05:46 PM

    Unfortunately, authorities dont want the public to realize that the authorities had to redo it just because of the court rulling. They want the public to feel that it is the politician who always takes the final decision. That is why the issue has devoloped to this direction.

    Manike Monday, 02 July 2012 03:39 AM

    Somebody please solve the Z-score issue and release the new Z-scores, district ranks and island ranks without any further delay.

    Vicky Sunday, 01 July 2012 03:34 AM

    Huh ... Can someone tell us the qualifications of the Ministers for Education and for Higher Education?

    lankashantha Saturday, 30 June 2012 06:49 AM

    Ha Ha every thing in Sri Lanka by HEP, office and Family.

    Minister Saturday, 30 June 2012 06:56 AM

    what about the water crisis in the north central province. Can it solve that too?

    Din Saturday, 30 June 2012 09:12 AM

    Ex- examination commissioner may laughing looking at current scenario.

    k.m.indrani Tuesday, 31 July 2012 08:59 AM

    recalculated z'score sould be go to two batches, old and new seperately. best solution now.


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