The Education Ministry is looking at introducing a scholarship examination for grade 8 students next year following a proposal to the effect received by the parliamentary select committee on educational reforms.
Minister Bandula Gunawardena has told the media that the introduction of a new scholarship examination for grade 8 would minimize the burden on young students in the grade 5 scholarship examination.
He has observed that a grade 8 scholarship examination would give the students a second chance to test their abilities at a grown up age.
He has noted that many professionals, educationists, political and religious leaders had proposed the introduction of a grade 8 scholarship examination for students.
However, Gunawardena has said the existing grade 5 scholarship examination would not be scrapped and would be considered as an efficiency evaluation examination for students once the educational reforms and the grade 8 scholarship examination were introduced in 2012.