State Minister of Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Learning Promotion Susil Premajayantha says the government has directed attention towards requests to postpone the Advanced Level and Grade Five Scholarship examinations once again.
The State Minister made this statement in response to a question raised in Parliament by Parliamentarian Shantha Bandara this morning.
State Minister Susil Premajayantha said he personally believes the exams need to be postponed as school education of children was severely disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Minister Premajayantha noted although dates were set for the exams a few months ago, the situation has changed at present.
He added at the time an assessment was not made regarding COVID-19 related deaths and infection rates during the third wave.
The State Minister said the Ministry of Education and the Department of Examinations have also realized that children had only attended school 65 days out of the 210 days in the 2020 school calendar.
He added students in the Western Province only attended school for five days while outstation schools remained opened for at least the first term.
State Minister Premajayantha said therefore several requests were made to postpone the exams, and the Education Ministry and Exam Department will reach a decision in this regard in the near future.
He added he believes the exams must be postponed to provide more time for students to prepare, and attend schools to catch up on the missed days.