Sri Lanka’s Grade 5 scholarship, GCE A/L exams postponed yet again

ECONOMYNEXT – Two key school-level examinations in Sri Lanka that had previously been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 epidemic have been postponed once again, a government minister said.

State Minister of Education Reforms Susil Premajayantha told parliament on Thursday (07) that the Grade 5 scholarship and the GCE Advanced Level exams that were scheduled to commence on November 14 and 15 respectively have been postponed indefinitely to allow time for their respective syllabi to be covered for the students to prepare.

The highly competitive Grade 5 scholarship exam is usually held at the end of the primary grade (grade 5) in most state schools in the country and allows students to transfer to “better” or more privileged schools, based on a system of cut-off marks.

The GCE Advanced Level, or A/L, exam is usually held in the month of August for grade 13 students. Passing A/Ls is a general requirement to enter a Sri Lankan state university.

Responding to a question by opposition leader Sajith Premadasa, State Minister Premajayantha said new dates for the exams will be announced in the near future after discussions between the education ministry and the department of examinations.

“When the scholarship exam was rescheduled for November 14 and A/Ls for November 15, we had not anticipated such a lengthy lockdown. Schools had to remain closed as result, and so the two exams have to be postponed again to allow time to cover the syllabus and for students to get ready,” he said. (Colombo/Oct07/2021)

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