No paper shortage issue for GCE Ordinary Level examination – Education Minister

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena says that there is no issue of paper shortage for the GCE Ordinary Level Examination scheduled to be held in May.

“Despite rumors that there is a paper crisis, it has been resolved. The next GCE Ordinary Level examination is scheduled for May. Steps have been taken in the last two to three weeks to procure additional paper in case of any shortage,” Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said speaking to media after a meeting with the Chief Prelate of Asgiriya.

Minister Dinesh Gunawardena also stated that it is planned to admit ten thousand more students to universities this year.

“Our goal is to hold the GCE Advanced Level examination before the end of this year in the same months as it was used to be held to bring back to the normal schedule. Also, steps have already been taken to increase enrollment in universities. Admission has already been granted based on past results.”

“Basic lectures have been started to conduct classes in many places. It is expected to take 10,000 students. Additionally several faculties will be started. Admissions to the medical field have been increased as it did last year,” the Minister said.

The Education Minister added that after discussions, a decision has been taken to start a medical faculty at Uva Wellassa University this year.

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