Written by Bella Dalima
22 Sep, 2014 | 9:02 pm
Flaws in this year’s Advanced Level Economics question paper and flaws in the marking scheme were the subject of an extensive discussion at the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission on Monday.
A complaint lodged by the General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union was taken up by the Human Rights Commission on Monday.
The Commissioner General of Examinations and ten university lecturers have been cited as respondents in the complaint, which challenges the standard of the question paper and the marking scheme.
The ten university lecturers have been cited as respondents in this complaint on the basis that they submitted this letter to the Commissioner General of Examinations on August 30.
While giving a comprehensive analysis of the flaws in the question paper, the ten lecturers request the Commissioner General of Examinations through this letter, that he bring to the attention of the Chief Examiner of the Economics Examinations, the need to correct the mistake that would cost students who sat for the examination 15 marks each.
However, it was revealed at the hearing on Monday that the Commissioner General had not brought the matter to the attention of the Chief Examiner.
A major factor that was exposed during the hearing today is that the marking scheme for the examination is also flawed.The hearing which lasted longer than three hours, was presided over by the President and several commissioners of the Human Rights Commission.
The Commissioner General of Examinations and five of the ten university lecturers, representing the Colombo, Ruhuna and Peradeniya Universities, attended the inquiry on Monday.
The Commission ordered the lecturers today to prepare a report containing the factors that came to light at the inquiry today, and submit it to the commission, copied to the Commissioner General of Examination, within three days.
As per the orders of the cCommission, the Commissioner General of Examinations must submit responses to the Human Rights Commission within a week of receiving the lecturers report.
The Commission decided to convene all factions a week after the Commissioner General of Examinations files his responses.
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