Many students admitted to school through political and undue influence, govt. survey finds

Many students admitted to school through political and undue influence, govt. survey finds

Many students admitted to school through political and undue influence, govt. survey finds

Written by Lahiru Fernando

11 Jan, 2016 | 11:24 pm

The cut-off marks for the Grade Five Scholarship exam for popular schools will be brought down by one mark, according to the Ministry of Education.

The ministry says that with this decision, several students who passed the scholarship exam will be given the opportunity to enter a popular school.

A survey carried out by the ministry revealed that the number of students admitted to Royal College, Colombo can be increased from 180 to 220. Thereby, 40 more students would be admitted to the school this year as the school has added an extra class from Grade 7. According to the Ministry of Education, this class will now be introduced to Grade 6, creating opportunity for 40 more students.

In a survey carried out as per an order of the Minister of Education, it has been revealed that many students were admitted to school with political and other undue influences. The minister informed officials that in order to prevent this situation, more opportunities should be given to students who have passed their scholarship exam.

News 1st’s attempts to contact officials for explanation of the administrative process of admitting extra students eligible to enter schools with this new criterion, proved futile.

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