School enrollment based on Grade 5 Schol Exam marks postponed | Daily News

School enrollment based on Grade 5 Schol Exam marks postponed

The Education Ministry yesterday decided to postpone the enrollment of students to schools based on their performance at the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination in 2020 by one month.

According to Education Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera the Ministry while considering the series of protests demanding the authorities to lower the Grade 5 Scholarship cut off marks, has mulled the reduction of district cut off marks by one or two points based on a proposal made by the parents.

He said that the Ministry will put in place a transparent mechanism to enroll students to Grade 6 classes after taking into the consideration the requests made by the parents. The Education Ministry Secretary was speaking to the media after a group of parents and several teacher unions held protests highlighting the plight of their children opposite the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

“We will put in place a more transparent mechanism to enroll students for Grade 6 based on their Scholarship examination performance after considering the human resource capacities and classroom facilities in schools,” he said.

However, the Secretary reiterated that the Ministry has not changed the policy to increase the cut off marks of the 2020 Grade 5 Scholarship Examination. “The system of determining the cut off marks has not changed,” he added.

Prof. Kapila Perera said that this decision may increase the number of students enrolled to each school and the number of classes for Grade 6 will also have to be increased.