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Pressure exerted by various quarters including highly influential authorities and others who expected to enroll students at overseas universities triggered the hasty release of the 2011 GCE Advanced Level results that contributed to the ranking mess-up, Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake said yesterday.

Addressing the media at his office, Minister Dissanayake said President Rajapaksa met him along with Education Minister Bandula Gunawardana and officials of both ministries on several occasions, and questioned about the delays in releasing the GCE Advanced Level results and instructed that the process be expedited.

Students who were looking forward to enroll themselves at foreign universities and their parents wanted the results to be released promptly as the deadline for registration was approaching, he said.

Minister Dissanayake however, assured that the 2011 GCE Advanced Level results now available on the internet were correct but said he could not give a guarantee that there would not be a repetition of exam result mess-ups in future as it was a tedious and cumbersome job involving several state institutions mainly, the Examinations  Department, the University Grants Commission (UGC) in addition to thousands of teachers and students.        
“The mistakes that occurred in the district rankings have been rectified and the correct results of the 2011 GCE Advanced Level examination have now been released,” Minister Dissanayake said.

He said no one should attempt to find fault with another institution or individual in this episode and there would be no inquiry to ascertain who made the blunder.

Minister Dissanayake stressed that there was nothing wrong in the GCE Advanced Level results, Z-score or Island Rankings but the error was only on district ranking as there was a mix up in the rankings of the Matara and Colombo Districts.

The mix up had occurred when district results were calculated at the Examinations Department and it was purely a technical/computer error and it has been fully rectified now, he said.

Minister Dissanayake said officials worked two 24 hour sessions to issue the results as soon as possible.

Responding to the complaints that a number of students had received results totally different to the stream they offered at the examination, he said the blunder had been made by the students themselves when they checked their results on the internet by accessing using a wrong number.

“We found that all students who have got contradictory results had typed the GIT (General Information Technology) number instead of their index number to check their exam results which is obviously wrong. They get only the results of another student who sat the exam in a different stream of the results of a previous year,” he stressed.

UGC Chairman, Prof. Gamini Samaranayaka said the UGC received the results from the Examinations Department on December 23 to set the Z-score and sent the results back to the department with the Z-score the following day.

Commissioner of Examinations in charge of School Examinations and Results Amith Jayasundara appealed to apply for the revision of results if there were doubts.

Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne assisted Minister Disssnayake during the news briefing. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

  Comments - 26

  • PREM Wednesday, 28 December 2011 05:33 AM

    What a excuse after doing the damage.Over to you MR MONITOR. NO INQUIARY

    Tharaka Chanaka Wednesday, 28 December 2011 05:33 AM

    Another Seeni Bola excuse

    kaush Wednesday, 28 December 2011 07:42 AM

    Diminishing the faith on quality of petrol, quality of medicine, legal system,police and now on education system. Better to revisit all the results, cut-off marks released in A/L, O/L and Grade 5 Scholarship examinations within this year to see they have done mistakes in that too. I feel that high cut-off marks of Grade 5 scholarship also in to something.

    Dinesh Wednesday, 28 December 2011 07:51 AM

    Sir what will you if this happen to son ???? will you acept this foolish excuse ??? also what will you if you employee's comes with a similar excuse to letter signed by you ???

    Kanage Wednesday, 28 December 2011 04:35 PM

    haste makes waste! who said it, don't know. Bernard Shaw did not have computers though!

    Malcolm Wednesday, 28 December 2011 07:59 AM

    Does anyone take anything this person says seriously..? Blame everyone - the 'higher authorities' - (the president) : others who expected to enroll students : parents : students : the computers - seriously Mr.Minister - there is but one department to be blamed and you are the head of the department - Hence the Blame Lies With YOU! stop being a coward - its time to admit that you and your department messed up! NOW SORT IT OUT!!!!!

    shehan jayawardene Wednesday, 28 December 2011 07:58 AM

    Lets have a LLRC report on what went wrong in the marking of A/Level results! Or is this another 'International Conspiracy?'

    Guzban Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:07 AM

    RESIGN you ministerial responsibility holder. It is your responsibility and you messed up in style. RESIGN if you have any respect

    Ashwin Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:07 AM

    For God Sake, this is the fate of a growing Generation...Dont do blunders that effect them....Education is the Core ..dont make it a waste..Also people take a stand and make sure this does not repeat again..I'm sure of one thing...whoever asks a student who did 2011 A/l after hearing the results will say one thing "Oka ithin wayrathi result ekak wenna athi..2011 A/L results wala avuluk thibba nay.."

    Ras Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:04 AM

    Can believe it if it was the first time, but this is happening again and again, something which did not happen in the past
    Whats the reason???

    fazli Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:09 AM

    In future run on test data & run again before using
    live data. Device a built in sys. debugging prog. that
    can auto detect possible errors. Importantly make sure
    no one can access your system over the internet by
    creating fool proof fire walls as this could create havoc.

    Achari Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:15 AM

    A Crook is always a Crook.

    Neutralguy Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:15 AM

    As usual they are too big headed to admit the fault they made.. But never fails to give arogant speeches

    susu Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:25 AM

    This is what happends in sri lanka always passing the ball to some one else and runaway from the problem. thats why sri lanka will never be the miracle of asia.

    Chin Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:35 AM

    You should chase away the DONKEYs of IT section of the Department.
    It is a normal thing in IT to have a test run with all sort of possible inputs to check the outcome before making it public.

    These cannot run a simple database.

    The Minister or other officials do not know anything about computers. That is why they believe the crooks of IT and announce this was an error of computers.

    Computers do not make errors, specially in a database process like this.

    It is the humans who feed garbage and erroneous software to the machines.

    Imran Hussein Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:44 AM

    Computer still play a major role.
    or the computer taking its revenge this time?
    Future of future generation is at stake.
    Guys - can you just imagin what would be your mental status that as per the result you almost thru' to the Uni/Med college and after amendment you are failed?

    sukiri Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:58 AM

    Seems like the spot light is on SB where it really should be BG ..

    Raj Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:57 AM

    "he could not give a guarantee that there would not be a repetition of exam result mess-ups in future as it was a tedious and cumbersome job involving several state institutions"
    Seeni Bola, during last 03 decades this did not happen? Only after you became Minister? Please resign ,if you can't perform.

    NN Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:00 AM

    So, do you mean GIT number can be identical with other student's examination index number? This man is totally lying whenever opens his mouth. All these follows should resign from their posts. They are playing with our future. This way, they can do anything to results. For instant even they can pass their henchmen as they wish.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:03 AM

    Very funny, with these jokers and clowns, the Buck never stops anywhere in Sri Lanka!

    Imran Hussein Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:06 AM

    Well.. dont they do it now? They do, and they do break records.

    mistersb Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:13 AM

    These inefficient Ministers should be sent home soon

    maruyaka Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:54 AM

    Destroy all the Computers leading to the results, since you cannot SACK them!

    LS Wednesday, 28 December 2011 10:47 AM

    Another Computer "Jilmart" !!

    Computer Gilmart Wednesday, 28 December 2011 10:50 AM

    How about installing new computer system.

    Aristotle Wednesday, 28 December 2011 05:15 AM

    A technical/computer error! So the buck has been passed to the computer.

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