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O\L Exams begin on satisfactory note

The GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2021 commenced yesterday at 3,844 examination centres countrywide.

The Examination is in progress peacefully and satisfactorily, Education Minister Susil Premaayantha said.

According to statistics, 517,496 candidates are sitting the examination which continues until June 1. Of the candidates 407,129 are school candidates while the balance110,367 are private candidates. The examination is being coordinated by 542 coordinating centres.

According to the Examination Department reports no major incidents were reported in connection with the examination. Despite the prevailing issues with the transport sector, the examination was able to start at the scheduled time of 8.30 am at almost all examination centres.

Due to the prevailing transport difficulties Examinations Commissioner General L.M.D. Dharmasena had advised the candidates to come to their respective examination centres early.

It was observed that most candidates had reported their respective examination centres before 8.30 am. According to our correspondents, certain candidates have reported their examination centres around 7.30 am.

On the request made by the Education Minister Susil Premajayantha to give priority to GCE Ordinary Level Examination staff and candidates when obtaining fuel at filling stations, most of the filling stations have made arrangements to act accordingly.

The staff on duty at filling stations were requested to give priority to Ordinary Level Examination staff who could submit service their identity card and examination duty letter when obtaining fuel. The Minister also requested that priority in fuel queues should also be given to the parents or guardians of the candidates who produce the examination admission card.

However, several examination staffers and parents claimed that they were not given priority at filling stations as announced.

Considering the present transport difficulties candidates who fail to come to examination centres on time will be considered sympathetically. Such students are allowed to sit the examination, the Examinations Commissioner General said.

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