Bandula requests intellectuals:
‘Assist in marking AL papers’
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena on Tuesday requested
intellectuals in the country to come forward and assist in the marking
of the GCE Advanced Level examination papers and fill the void created
by striking university Dons, saying the present number of 400 examiners
on the job are inadequate to meet the challenge of marking answer
The minister said education policies could not be formulated
overnight or instantly like making kottu rotti.
Minister Gunawardena made the request addressing the gathering at a
ceremony at Meepawala Amarasinghe Maha Vidyalaya in Galle.
Gunawardena said he would call upon parents’ present at the meeting
to induce intellectuals known to them to come forward and perform this
national duty in the interests of the children who form the backbone of
said nearly 1.8 million answer scripts of nearly 277,000 students who
sat the GCE Advanced Level examination are in the safe custody of the
Examinations Department. The minister said arrangements have been made
to set up 409 Mahindodaya laboratories countrywide and appoint 1,000
graduates as science and mathematics teachers on October 1 to mark
Universal Children’s Day. “Steps have been taken to make a qualitative
change in the education system by 2016.