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President says as per his proposal: Govt. to scrap Grade 5 scholarship exam

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Government has decided to cancel the Garde 5 Scholarship exam according to one of his proposals.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the vesting of the newly built “Maithri Shilpa Kala Mandapaya to the children of Royal College Polonnaruwa today, he said this decision was taken considering the sufferings faced by the children due to this examination.

He pointed out that the scholarship examination was commenced with the idea of giving an opportunity to poor children to enter a school with more facilities to carry out their education and to get some allowance but today it is a competition to enter a popular school.

Today there is a problem in the scholarship examination and most of the children who are qualified for University Education have not passed the scholarship examination, he said.

In the same way, the President further pointed out that what should be done is not a competition for schools accepted as popular schools, but the transfer of the responsibilities to the Ministers and the Members in the respective areas for materially and qualitatively developing of schools by giving the required resources.

  Comments - 11

  • Asela Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:22 AM

    Hos bankrupt government does not have fund to conduct exams

    N, Ethirveerasingam Tuesday, 26 March 2019 02:25 AM

    Thank you Mr. President. Many specialists in Education and citizens have advocated the elimination of the Grade 5 Schol Exam. Spend the funds spent on this examination process to improve the education inputs to Primary schools. The parents who have been spending on Tutories to purchase a Android Tablet to their primary age children to learn. Also let their time be spent in sports and games.

    Stunned Citizen Tuesday, 26 March 2019 02:46 AM

    Great Idea and will also ensure idiotic first sons would not enter hallowed institutions.

    sunil vijaya Tuesday, 26 March 2019 06:55 AM

    poor students cold be identified by the staff of the school through GS. govt support should be given to them, and teachers can identify bright students and let them be transferred to appropriate schools with better facilities. ban tuition by state school teachers too immediately. this was the wisest move in education in years.

    G,S,S,C, Daniel Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:03 AM

    Children are deprived of their real childhood it amounts to violation of human right the president is right should be commended.

    hoodwinker Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:03 AM

    For once you did something right

    Athula Ranasinghe Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:08 AM

    If the empirical analysis proves that most of the children who have qualified for Universities were not the 5th standard scholarship holders, it has to be proved statistically either by the Ministry of Education or the Department of Examination by giving an incisive analysis for the last ten years.

    A Teacher's lament Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:14 AM

    These talented students pass the exam from their existing environment. Of course, tuition plays a big role. The solution is to use the money Govt. spends for the exam to improve the teachers' talent. This is a long goal.

    Sambo Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:34 AM

    This a very wise decision to save the little child from the most unwanted pressure given by their mothers and schools which try to show unwanted competition.

    VRH Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:36 AM

    Can anybody point me to the statistics that proves the statement "most of the children who are qualified for University Education have not passed the scholarship examination "

    BookWorm Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:36 AM

    Good news. One last request before the Grade 5 is scarped. Can the Gamarala sit for it exam and with the other 255 MPs. I am over 60 and willing to do so as I love exams. It is the best way to study.

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