(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Education Minister, Dr. Susil Premajayantha said in Parliament yesterday (03) that 10,000 schools will have to be closed in February if the GCE Advanced Level Examination is postponed by another two months.
Moreover, the Minister said the school timetables as well as the GCE Ordinary Level Examination will have to be postponed accordingly.
The Minister of Education said this in response to the question raised by Anuradhapura District Parliamentarian Uddika Premaratne that children who are taking GCE A/L exam for the second and third time do not have enough time to prepare for the examination.
Minister Premajayantha said that it will take 28 days to conduct the A/L examination and if schools have to be closed for that period, it could be a problem for the entire education system.
The Minister said that he will refer the request of the MPs and the children to the Examination Department and he believes that the Examination Department will take the final decision as they have to take action in such a way that no child is treated unfairly.
The Education Minister pointe out that the dates of the examination are not unfair to the children who are appearing for the first time for the A-level examination (2022) and said that the children who are appearing for the second and third time also had the same time period.