Written by Staff Writer
19 Nov, 2013 | 10:23 pm
The Central Province Department of Education organised examinations for Ordinary Level students sitting for the exam this year, at a cost to the children, as a rehearsal for the forthcoming Ordinary Level Examinations.
While the examinations were held for the 7th day, attention was drawn to these examinations at the session of the Central Provincial Council, which convened on Tuesday.
UNP Central PC Councillor, Sanjeewa Kaviratne said; “This Provincial Council has ingored its responsibilities and over the past three years has not printed a single question paper. This time around, for the first time, papers were printed and on the 13th of this month. The history question paper was issued.”
Action TV carried an expose’ on the history question paper issued on the 13th, that was tabled by the opposition councillor, last Thursday, the day after the paper was issued. While 13 of the 24 questions in this paper cannot be classified as being in anyway relevant to the ‘history’ discipline, it is evident that they are relevant to the agriculture and food discipline.
After concluding that these 13 questions may have been intended for the Agriculture and Food Technology question paper scheduled for another day, Action TV made inquiries from the Assistant Director of Examinations at the Provincial Education Department. He said that he had received no complaints whatsoever, that there had been Agriculture and Food Technology questions in some of the history question papers that were issued to the students.
However, at Tuesday’s session of the Central Provincial Council, questions from the history paper that was issued to the students were quoted.
UNP Central PC Councillor, Sanjeewa Kaviratne asked;
“These are the questions in the history question paper. Why do leaves turn yellow in a plant as you look further up?”
The Provincial Department of Education which included thirteen Agriculture and Food Technology questions in the history question paper, on Tuesday issued an Agriculture and Food Technology question paper containing the same 13 questions to the students sitting the examination.
When fifteen officials attached to the Provincial Department of Education visited Sumangala Vidyalaya in Kandy on Tuesday to initiate an investigation into the mater, it had already been affirmed that students had received a history question paper containing Food and Agriculture questions on the 13th of this month.
UNP Central PC Councillor, Sanjeewa Kaviratne added;
“Because of the Action TV expose’ an inquiry has now commenced in the schools. This is a major development. The Chief Minister said that legal action would be taken. Shouldn’t legal action be initiated against the officials at the provincial department of education?”This incident shows that examinations should probably be held for Central province education officials rather than the students.
Action TV will keep a close watch on the urgency given to this issue by the provincial authorities.
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