UGC seeks court clarification on Z-score issuing authority
The University Grants Commission(UGC) will obtain legal assistance to
clarify the authority empowered to issue Z-score marks, University
Grants Commission chairman Professor Gamini Samaranayaka said.
He said the Z-score is issued not by the University Grants Commission
but by the Examinations Department. But the university entrance cut-off
marks are issued by the UGC.
In accordance with the Supreme Court order, the UGC has been ordered
to calculate the Z-score marks separately for students who sat the 2011
Advanced Level Examination under
the new and old syllabuses. But the processes of calculating and
issuing of Z-score marks are up to the Examination Department, he noted.
Therefore, the UGC is seeking legal assistance and discussing with
lawyers to obtain a court clarification whether the Z-score is to be
issued by them or by the Examination Department. However, the UGC will
always abide by the court order and carry out the recommendation of the
Supreme Court order on the issue of Z-score.. Sarath Kulatunga, a senior
professor of the Kelaniya University who was a member of five member
committee to formulate the Z-score calculating formula said the
committee focused special attention on minimizing injustices.
The panel to prepare last year’s A/L question papers highly
concentrated on minimising the levels of difficulties under the two
syllabli. Higher Education Minister SB Dissanayake said that the
Ministry will take every possible step with the Examination Department
to enrol students for undergraduate courses as scheduled.