Decision on A/L and G-5 exams on 20 July – Prof Peiris

By Thameenah Razeek 

The final decision on the postponement or changes in the GCE Advanced Level and Grade 5 Scholarship examinations will be announced on 20 July. Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of Education, stated that he has received a number  of requests for the GCE Advanced Level and the Grade 05 Scholarship Examinations, and that after consulting the Provincial Directors of Education, he will announce a decision next Tuesday that is fair by parents, students, teachers, and all stakeholders. 

The Minister noted that the island-wide vaccination programme for school teachers, which began on 12 July, is expected to be completed in ten days. 

The vaccine has been taken by 86 percent of the teachers in the Western Province, 60 percent in the Uva Province, and 47 percent in the Northern Province. The Central, Eastern, Southern, NorthWestern, and North-Central Provinces, which began immunisation yesterday, have completed 18 per cent, 17 per cent, 15 per cent, 15 per cent, and nine per cent of the vaccinations, respectively. 

He also stated that the National Institute of Education will develop 16 educational television channels for all students around the country, with the channels planned to connect the island’s most popular and outstanding teachers. 

“Programmes are being developed to make these teachers’ services available to all children in the island, rather than limiting them to a single school, even if there is a pandemic in the country and discussions with trade unions are to be held about the preparation of a Cabinet Paper,” he said and added“However, resorting to trade union action over longstanding teacher salary anomalies would not be considered an appropriate decision. It is the country’s innocent children who are becoming helpless as a result of this.”  

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