One doing the work of three cause of A/L mess up – Dullus
Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dallus Alahapperuma yesterday attributed the GCE (A/L) examination results mess-up to the Examination Department assigning one data-entry operator to handle the workload of three workers.
The revelation was made at the launch of a new vocational training programme at Narahenpita.
The minister said that initial investigations had indicated that the mess-up could have been caused by one person handling the workload of three. However, the ongoing inquiries conducted by a special team appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be able to establish the truth, he said.
The minister accused the Opposition of playing politics by demanding the resignation of Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena over the unfortunate situation. In that case, he, too, as a member of the Cabinet should accept responsibility and give up his portfolio, the National List MP said.
Courtesy: The Island
This kind of mess up doesn’t usually occur when one person does the duties of one or more. He will know what he did in a previous file unless in extreme fatigue.This probably may be due to too many operators,one not knowing what the other did,spoiling the soup.Our Cabinet is full of various types of Ministers for one subject.Minister Alahapperuma also joins the fray on his own volition and his proposition holds no ground.Before the release of the results the authorities should have been very very strict about the accuracy.
ministersla pathara balanne nathooo
they’ve their own bussiness to run
An Education Ministry official has also claimed that there may have been deliberate sabotage by some teachers responsible for marking the papers, for their pay increase demand not having been settled. Anyway, I hope the investigation will reveal the cause of this unfortunate mess-up, which is so frustrating for the students, who have worked hard over two years hoping to enter University and better their prospects.
Any observer could identify widespread contradictions in results sheets, analysis of results sheets in Galle, Mathara and Colombo shows that collections of candidates with same result obtained in two examinations were positioned far apart in Island ranks. Two B and one A, grade A for mathematics, students sat for old syllabus were always clustered behind new syllabus candidates in Island ranks. Students are positioned more than hundred ranks behind their counterparts who obtained same result in grades. If the z scores were analyzed separately this would not happen. Similar inconsistencies were observed in arts and biology subjects where the new syllabus was clustered far behind. As far as entrance to faculties of engineering are concerned students of old syllabus were severely affected. Plenty of evidence with examination numbers can be demonstrated by collecting data and comparing sets of students from two examinations. Separate analysis of z scores and Island ranks would give an equal chance of entry in to faculty of engineering for students from old syllabus. Students affecting after separate calculation may have to be given some concessions as well. Slight increase in uptake to those faculties might resolve these issues.