Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says more than 300,000 children will sit the 2022 Advanced Level Examination and urged that all preparations be carried out meticulously.
The Premier expressed his views at a discussion at the Ministry of Home Affairs today (10) with District Secretaries.
The Prime Minister said the economy that was stagnant is functioning adding that when the economic and service mechanisms work diligently the responsibility on state officials is greater in order to overcome all challenges.
The Premier said there are 10,100 schools in the country with more than half the schools owning plots of more than 1-12 acres of land adding that such land should be utilised for short-term crop cultivation .
He noted that it is the responsibility of state officials to advise, guide and determine aspects that are lacking in converting every inch of land towards productivity.
Prime Minister Gunawardana said the Advanced Level Examination is around the corner, and called for District Secretaries to remain alert to ensure the examination is conducted in a smooth manner.
He stated that responsibilities must not be passed on to the Examinations Commissioner alone, and requested that they work in unity with all relevant departments including the teachers assigned for duty.
The Prime Minister said students will face delays in entering university in the event of any issues at the A/Level Exam, highlighting that the exam is already delayed owing to various circumstances.
The Premier also said the government has increased teacher salaries despite the many difficulties adding that all basic requirements of the education sector have been met.