Sri Lanka reschedules long-delayed grade 5 scholarship, O/Level, A/Level exams

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A cabinet statement said Sri Lanka has rescheduled the country’s long-delayed Grade 5 scholarship, regular level GCE and advanced level exams from early to mid 2022 to allow students more time to prepare.

The COVID-19 lockdown has closed public schools since April 27. After a six-month hiatus, schools were fully opened to students through fifth grade on October 25. General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary and Advanced level classes Students will resume work on November 08, officials said.

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The Cabinet paper published on 1 November noted that “students who are scheduled to attend examinations should be given sufficient time to complete their studies after the opening of schools.”

Taking into consideration these factors, the Cabinet approved the revised schedule for conducting the exams scheduled for 2021 submitted by the Minister of Education.

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According to the Cabinet statement, the Grade 5 scholarship examinations will be held on January 22, 2022, while GCE A/Levels will be held from February 7 to March 5 2022, and O/Levels exams will be held from May 23 to June. 1, 2022.

The Grade 5 scholarship and A/Level exams were previously scheduled to start on November 14 and 15 this year, but have been postponed in early October indefinitely to allow time to cover their syllabuses.

The highly competitive Grade 5 Scholarship Exam is usually held at the end of primary grade (Fifth Grade) in most state schools in the country and allows students to transfer to ‘better’ or more privileged schools, based on the class system of marks.

Meanwhile, A/L exam is usually held in August for grade 13 students. Passing A/Ls is a general requirement for entry into a Sri Lankan state university. (Colombo / November 02/2021)

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