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Cabinet approves change to O/L, A/L exam months

O/L in August, A/L changed to December
University admissions made faster

The Cabinet of Ministers approved Education Minister Prof.G.L. Peiris’ proposal to hold the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination in August and the G.C.E. Advanced Level examinations in December, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

Addressing the weekly Cabinet media briefing held yesterday at the Government Information Department, Minister Rambukwella said the decision was reached with the aim of providing opportunities for students to complete their higher education early and enter the job market.

 The government has observed that students are aged 19 or 20 years by the time they complete their school education and they reach 25 or 26 years when they finally conclude their university education.

This is due to the extended period spent on issuing the A/L and O/L exam results and it also leads to delays in beginning A/L classes and the undergraduate selection process. The Education Ministry has taken several decisions to mitigate this situation in future. A decision has been taken to restructure the syllabus of Grade 10 and 11 for one year and nine months.

The G.C.E.(Ordinary Level) and G.C.E.(Advanced Level) Examinations will be in August and December respectively and results will be issued within three months of each exam, so that a total of 45 months at present can be reduced to 32 months.

Selection of students to universities based on the Z score without waiting for the conclusion of the re-correction process of the G. C. E. Advanced Level examination will also be made.

If there are students whose results are upgraded after the re-correction process, they will be awarded new marginal Z Scores so they can undergo the relevant degree courses and this method will be applied from the 2020 Advanced Level examination.