UGC gives undertaking:
No university admissions until Zí score issue is sorted out
The University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday gave an undertaking
to the Supreme Court that until the issues concerning the Z score are
sorted out, it would refrain from admitting students to the universities
and also not to initiate any steps regarding student admissions.
The Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the Fundamental
Rights Application filed by 33 students who sat for the GCE (AL) in
The Bench comprised of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake,Justice
K.Sri Pavannd Justice S.I.Imam.
The Chief Justice observed that the UGC has not acted according to
the Supreme Court directive. She further observed that due to the wrong
doings on the part of the UGC authorities the trust placed in the
examination system is subject to disintegration.
When the court ruling directed to calculate the Z score of students
of both new and old syllabuses separately, the UGC contrary to the
ruling had calculated the Z score of both syllabuses as one. Thereby the
UGC has committed a glaring mistake.She further queried from the
Attorney General whether the UGC has acted according to the earlier
Supreme Court ruling.
Attorney General Palitha Fernando submitted that by way of
discussions with the stakeholders, a speedy solution to the current
issue is sought.
Attorney at Law Faiz Musthafa PC appearing for the UGC submitted that
new admissions to the universities are held in October every year.
Attorney at Law Saliya Peiris also appeared for the petitioners.