Action TV: Breaking the silence – Gampaha Karate tournament held during GCE A/L Exam

Action TV: Breaking the silence – Gampaha Karate tournament held during GCE A/L Exam

Action TV: Breaking the silence – Gampaha Karate tournament held during GCE A/L Exam

Written by Staff Writer

07 Aug, 2016 | 9:26 pm

The self defence martial art that is Karate, employs sounds in addition to fighting stances and styles. However, at the Ratnavali Girls School in Gampaha on Tuesday, displays of the self defence martial art proved to be an aggressor to some who were seeking a quiet environment, as evidenced by a complaint that has been lodged with the Commissioner General of Examinations.

The noise from the Karate and Kumute tournament had proved to be a hindrance for candidates sitting for the GCE Advanced Level examinations at Ratnavali Girls’ School, which is also a designated examination centre. If the candidates’ parents had not complained, the Sri Lanka Schools Junior Karate Championship, would have continued on Wednesday as well.

The fact that the tournament was able to continue inside an examination centre until about noon on Tuesday, when the Commissioner General of Examinations directed the Gampaha Zonal Education Director via fax to halt the proceedings, makes it evident that both the Department of Examinations and the Ministry of Education, are groping in the dark.

Incidentally, the tournament was organised with the approval of and under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.One of the Patrons of the Sri Lanka Schools Karate-Do Association is also incidentally the Director of School Sports.

While one would expect that the Director of School Sports should also have awareness of examination time tables, it must also be noted that he had selected this school to host the tournament, while there are 7,500 schools across the country which are not being used as examination centers.

The principal of Ratnavali Girls School too, has made a serious error, by allowing the tournament to continue, in spite of being fully aware that her own students are also sitting for their GCE Advanced Level Examinations at this centre.Contestants at the tournament too, have been caused a serious inconvenience as a result of the three-day tournament being suspended after two days.

Close to 2,000 students, representing Northern and Eastern Schools, participated at this tournament, paying 700 rupees for one event, or 1500 rupees for two events, to the Ministry of Education.

Will this incident, which proves gross mismanagement in both examinations and sports, be labelled as an isolated incident?

Secretary to the Ministry of Education. Over to you.


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