The G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Examination is being successfully conducted at 2407 Centres in the island. 140thousnd 761 are sitting the examination based on the new syllabus. The number of candidates answering the Examination under the old syllabus is 147 thousand 100. The Examination which commenced today will go on until the 03rd of next month.
Commissioner General for Examinations Anura Edirisinghe said that buses are parked close to the Examination Centres for the convenience of the students. He called upon the ordinary civilians and traders to refrain from making unnecessary noises which would disturb the students. The Examinations Chief said that a hotline is operative round the clock to lodge any complaints in this respect. It is 0112 78 42 08.
Children in every part of the country including the North and the East have been afforded the opportunity of sitting the Examination in a peaceful environment sans any disturbances. Even rehabilitated ex-combatants are also answering the Examination. There are 300 such candidates.
Rehabilitation Commissioner General Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe said 302 rehabilitated LTTE cadres are sitting the examination. 297 are boys and five re girls. /Three of them are sitting the examination in the Maths stream, 12 in the Bio Science stream, 57 in Commerce and 230 are answering papers in the Arts stream. Last year 222 of them succeeded in the examination. The Rehabilitation Commissioner General was hopeful that all rehabilitated cadres who are sitting the examination this time would succeed.
In the meantime, Minister Bandula Gunawardena has called on all students to appear for the Examination with determination and in a disciplined manner.