JHU says alternatives to scholarship exam are not practical

JHU says alternatives to scholarship exam are not practical

Written by Staff Writer

02 Jan, 2014 | 7:56 am

 The Jathika Hela Urumaya says that alternatives proposed to the Grade Five Scholarship examination are not practical. JHU Deputy Secretary, Udaya Gammanpila expressed these views at a media briefing convened in Colombo on Wednesday.

“We see the annulling of the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination as an attempt to make the bourgeois class which was collapsed in 1956 reign supreme again. The first amendment that we propose is that the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination be made an intelligence quotient examination. I believe that the Education Minister convened a media briefing on Tuesday or the day before and said the examination would be limited to one hour. My friends this is a joke. It is something that was said without any understanding of the mind of the child.”

The Deputy Secretary went on to say,

“Others are proposing that this be taken to Grade 8. Increasing the size of the primary sections from 5 Grades to 8 grades means that there will need to be more infrastructure for primary schools in terms of buildings, chairs and tables and a 60 percent growth in the number of teachers. Also the proposals note that by 2017 the secondary schools will be completed and thus the popular schools will not be needed. If in the future the secondary schools and the popular schools in the country become equal, then you can make that decision.”

At a media briefing convened recently, Minister of Education, Bandula Gunawardena said that the Grade Five Scholarship Examination would not be held after 2016.

However, on Tuesday, the National Education Commission said, that they had made no such recommendation to annul the Grade 5 scholarship. When looking at the cases of the students who scored the highest marks at the concluded advanced level examinations, the importance of the Grade Five Scholarship examination is evident.

Statements from the following students who have sat for the scholarship exam proves this point much further,

Island Rank 1 – A/L Biology Stream 2013 -Thathsarani Amaya Mahanthila

“I sat for the scholarship examination and scored 163 marks. It is because I passed that I was able to enter the Eheliyagoda National School. I was enthusiastic in my studies and I was ranked third in the island in the 2010 GCE ordinary level examination and was able to secure 1st place in the Biology stream in Sri Lanka in the 2013 GCE Advanced Level Examination.”

Island Rank 1 – A/L Commerce Stream 2013- Erandi Kanchana

“In 2004 I sat for the scholarship examination when the cut-off mark was 133. I scored 152 marks and was enrolled at Gothami Balika Vidyalaya. I think the scholarship examination played a major role in enabling me to enter a prominent school.”

Meanwhile, although the cut-off marks for the concluded Grade 5 scholarship examination have been released, a number of prominent schools included in the list in previous years, have been removed from the current list. Education authorities did subsequently take steps to include these schools.

But the list containing all popular schools and the cut-off marks for these schools has not been released as yet.

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