New plan to resolve exam delays

  • Exams Chief says alternative will be formulated if delays persist
    Teachers in exam duties only as additional duty: Unions

By Buddhika Samaraweera

If examination-related matters continue to be delayed due to the ongoing teachers and principals trade union actions, discussions will be held in the future to formulate an alternative programme to hold examinations and release results, said the Commissioner General (CG) of Examinations Sanath Pujitha.

“No such discussions have taken place so far, but the Education Ministry and other relevant authorities will have to discuss some solution if the holding of exams continues to be delayed,” he told The Morning yesterday (1).

However, the Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) President Priyantha Fernando told The Morning that teachers participate in examination duties only as an additional duty.

“Teachers who participate in examination duties get very little pay. On the other hand, those who take part in duties like banking-related examinations are paid well. We are also not duty-bound to engage in examination duties,” he claimed.

The teachers and principals trade unions have decided to withdraw from duties pertaining to the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A/L) and Grade Five Scholarship Examinations that are to be held in November 2021, as part of the trade union actions currently in effect.

About 622,000 students who sat for the GCE Ordinary Level (O/L) Examination are currently awaiting the results and the results have not been released yet because teachers had withdrawn from practical examination-related duties.

However, speaking to The Morning on an earlier occasion, Fernando claimed that the Examinations Department is responsible for the delay of nearly three months in conducting the practical examinations of the GCE O/L Examination.

“The written tests for the O/L Examination ended in March this year. Then a period of three months lasted until July. If the Examinations Department and the Education Ministry really wanted to conduct the practical examinations and release the O/L results soon, they should have held the practical examinations within those three months,” he added.