December 5, 2013
A great amount of controversy surrounded the release of the Advanced Level examination results for the students who sat this year. Following numerous delays, allegations of inefficiencies and further mishaps at the Examinations Department, the A/L results were finally released on December 25. What are your views on this fiasco and what in your opinion could be done to prevent similar incidents in the future?
Higher Education Minister, S.B. Dissanayake stated in Parliament that the Advanced Level examination results may be released by December 19, however Anura Edirisinghe told Ada Derana that no date could be given for the release of the results although the final steps are being taken in order to ensure that the results are released as soon as possible.
Thensources at the Examinations Department stated that the release of the Advanced Level examination results could be further delayed although the results were reported to be released before the December school holidays.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) was unable to come to a final decision regarding the release of the A/L results despite holding meetings on December 7.
However, because the UGC committee members were not present at the meeting a final decision was not taken and the decisive meeting was rescheduled to be held on December 9.
The Ceylon Teachers Service Union (CTSU) then criticized the department of
examinations for failing to release results of the G.C.E. Advanced Level
examination before the school holidays.
The issue which has risen regarding Z-score marks, which has caused the delay, is not a sudden one, according to the union which points out that the examinations department should have planned it while conducting exams under the old syllabus and new syllabus.
The CTSU further accused that it was the ‘inefficiency’ of the department of examinations which was the cause behind G.C.E. A/L results not being released.
An experts committee met to discuss the feasibility of the ‘Z-score’ equation of
G.C.E. Advance Level examination.
If the approval of the committee of experts is granted, regarding the feasibility of the Z-score, steps will be taken to released A/L exam results within 24 hours from then,Commissioner General of the Department of Examinations Anura Edirisinghe told media at a press conference on December 20.
more controversies regarding the results Anura Edirisinghe stated that the results
of the 2011 Advanced Level examination will not be cancelled, despites calls
from teachers’ unions, as there was
reason to do so.
He stated that the technical error during the calculation of District Rankings has been completely rectified and that no errors had occurred in the national rankings and in the grading.
Usually when index numbers are prepared, 8 numbers are assigned for Ordinary Level exam number while 7 numbers are assigned for Advanced Level index numbers. Therefore in certain instances index numbers of previous exams are reissued to students, Edirisinghe pointed out.
However, he added that, the correct results could be obtained by correctly entering the relevant index number to the relevant exam.
“It is not chance that you are able to view wrong results after entering an index number of a different examination incorrectly” he said.
Speaking to Ada Derana, the soon to be retired Examinations Commissioner General said he completely rejects the accusations which claim exam results are incorrect. He says he cannot take responsibility for the incorrect results obtained by entering wrong index numbers.
Anura Edirisinghe further added that a press conference will be held as soon as the Education Minister, who is currently overseas, returns to the island to announce information on student who have obtained the highest marks.
The Examinations Department released the name lists of those who performed best at the Advanced Level Examinations this week.
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