Education experts have informed President Ranil Wickremesinghe that if the Advanced Level Examination is postponed, the age limit for admission to local and foreign degree courses will be exceeded and there may be a long-term crisis in Sri Lankan education.
They are of the opinion that those matters should be considered while deciding on postponing the exams.
Education experts have recalled that in the past years, due to the Covid pandemic and economic crises in the country, examinations were delayed as well as school education was disrupted.
If the 2023 A-Level Examination is postponed until January 2024, the GCE Ordinary Level Examination scheduled to be held in March and April of that year will have to be postponed until May and June 2024 and the release of the results of the 2023 A-Level Examination will be delayed until July 2024 and the applicants appearing for the A-Level Examination in 2024 will have to be given extra time like this time, the education experts have said. In that case, they are of the opinion that the 2024 GCE Advanced Level Examination will be postponed again until December 2024 or January 2025 and that the correction of the setback that has already occurred in Sri Lankan education will be further delayed.
Due to postponement of exams, school term reports are delayed, admission of children to schools is delayed, 11th and 12th Grade children have to wait for some time and there is also a problem of space in the classrooms. Education experts have pointed out to the President that he will have to face long-term consequences such as delay in A-Level entry, delay in admission to foreign universities, loss of scholarships from foreign universities and delay in public sector recruitment. Education experts say that children should appear for the A-level Examination at the age of 18, but due to the postponement of the examinations, that age has been exceeded.