2020 University admissions as per 2019 system

  • Students query their fate

By Dinitha Rathnayake


University admission for the year 2020 would proceed according to the old system which was used in 2019, The Morning learnt.

Speaking to The Morning, Ministry of Education Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera said that the old system cannot be changed due to a Court decision given in this regard.

“We have to follow the current admission system since we have no other option. In 2021, this problem will be solved because everyone sits for the new syllabus.”

Meanwhile, the Socialist Students’ Union (SSU) National Organiser Rangana Devapriya, speaking to The Morning, said that the prospective undergraduates applying for university entrance for the academic year 2019/2020 have raised concerns over the cut off marks based on z-scores that have been set for the old and new syllabuses.

“2019 students are distressed, as there is no confirmation as to whether they are eligible for university admission. What about the students of 2020? What will happen to those students?” he queried.

The qualifying z-scores for university entrance were announced for students who sat for the 2019 General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A/L) Examination, under the categories of the old syllabus and new syllabus.

Students were allowed to appeal through post before 23 November 2020 to the Appeals Committee on University Admissions due to the protests of students.

Students highlighted that the ones who wrote the exam under the new syllabus had an unfair advantage over those who sat under the old syllabus.

Students who faced the GCE A/L Examination in 2019 are faced with a dilemma. The Examination was held under two syllabuses, old and new.

The z-score cut off marks of the 2019 GCE A/L Examination were released online and the z-score cut off marks were also released separately, as the Examination was held under a new and old syllabus.

A similar situation arose after the 2011 GCE A/L Examination as it was also held under two syllabuses. This caused a huge controversy leading to a Court case. On examination, the Court decided that those who sat under the new syllabus and the old syllabus which were used for the GCE A/L Examination in 2011 cannot be considered as a single population as they belong to two different categories. Therefore, it was decided that the two groups of students who sat for the A/L Examination in 2011 should be considered as two different student populations.