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University Grants Commission Chairman Gamini Samaranayake in an affidavit to the Supreme Court yesterday tendered his unconditional and unreserved apology for the delay in implementing the court order on the GCE A/L Z-scores.

The affidavit was filed through Attorney Gowry Shangary Thavarasha in response to being directed to show cause why he should not be charged with contempt of court.

On July 19, the SC directed him to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be instituted against him for not taking effective and meaningful steps to re-calculate and reissue the Z-scores without any unnecessary delay in compliance with the SC judgment of June 25.

Prof. Samaranayake said at all times, he had acted in compliance with the SC judgment as expeditiously as possible that there was no purposeful disobedience or delay in the implementation of the judgment.

He said he did not intend in any way to disrespect or undermine the authority of the Supreme Court and clarified that the media conference referred to in some media reports was summoned by the Higher Education Ministry as a matter of public interest to explain the steps being taken to implement the SC judgment.

Prof. Samaranayake said the media conference was attended by Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake, Prof. Sarath Kulatunga and himself.
He asked the Supreme Court to discharge him from contempt proceedings and asked the SC not to take any further steps on this matter. (S.S. Selvanayagam)

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  • Linde Gemba Friday, 24 August 2012 02:40 AM

    Good to see somebody accepting his imcompetence.
    Does he promise to improve?

    puta Friday, 24 August 2012 03:42 AM

    Do not worry sir.
    No body cares about our a/l students.Easy way to escape.like minister dalas did last week over anuradhapura insident

    Amare Friday, 24 August 2012 06:23 AM

    2012 and 2011 Advanced Level students are a very unfortunate lot. It's very sad to read the predicament they are in.

    sheriffdeen Friday, 24 August 2012 07:47 AM

    no problem you are discharged

    Rubert Vanderkoon Friday, 24 August 2012 09:00 AM

    Yes, Things are pretty murky. UGC should act wisely until the problem is solved to the students' satisfaction, or otherwise, there is a danger that these opportunitistic politicians could drive the frustrated kids crazy like in 1988.


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