All arrangements are in place to conduct the GCE Ordinary Level Examination from Monday ensuring the health and safety of the students, the Minister of Education Prof. GL Peiris said.
The GCE Ordinary Level Examination will commence on Monday March 01 and will be held for nine days until March 10, with a total of 622,352 candidates including 423,746 school candidates and 198,606 private candidates scheduled to sit for the examination.
All arrangements have already been made for the conduct of the examination amid the Covid epidemic situation, the Minister said adding that arrangements have been made to set up at least two special examination centers in each district as a precaution in case any student who sits for the examination becomes infected.
The examination will be held at 4,513 examination centers islandwide and 542 coordinating centers will be functioning for this purpose. more than Rs. 500,000 has been allocated at the provincial level for the preparation of additional special examination centers, the Minister said.
Steps have also been taken to ensure the complete health safety of the students by consulting with the health authorities including the Public Health Inspector and Medical Officers of the area, he said.
The Minister said that discussions have been held with the Department of Railways and the Road Passenger Transport Authority regarding the implementation of transport activities during the examination period and they have prepared a special program accordingly.
The Navy and Security Forces are standing ready to ensure that adverse weather conditions in any area do not interfere with the conduct of examinations or the arrival of students to the examination halls.
The Minister said that the parents can be undoubtedly satisfied with the arrangements made by the government for conducting the examination.
He also said that the Ministry of Education will pay full attention to ensure that the education of children continues uninterrupted despite all challenges.
The Minister said that although they had to take the GCE Ordinary Level examination late, it was the intention of the Ministry of Education to give them the results of the examination in June itself and to admit them to the GCE Advanced Level classes in July.