GCE A-L’s begin today; Highest number of candidates this year

The Advanced Level examination will commence today at 2,400 examination centres throughout the country. This year’s examination will see the highest number of candidates ever to sit an A/L exam numbering 294,800.

More than 45,000 examination staff will be engaged in examination related activities during the examination period. Examination papers have already been sent to relevant examination coordinating centres. The examination will be monitored and coordinated through 300 examination coordinating centres and 33 district coordinating centres, Examination Commissioner General Anura Edirisinghe said.

He noted that candidates have to produce either national identity card or passport for sitting the examination.

“Unlike the previous examinations no candidates will be allowed to sit the examination unless they produce either national identity card or passport. Postal identity card is not valid for the examination”, he added.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena has taken measures to ensure a smooth functioning of the Advanced Level exam. Examination staffers have already confirmed their participation in the examination duties.

“A majority of teachers will be engaging in examination duties disregarding the trade union actions. These teachers will not make children fall prey to these actions as they have understood the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession. They will never make children hostage to the sinister designs of certain elements, the minister said.

He further said that examination coordinating officers will also be engaged in their duties as usual.


Courtesy: Daily News