O/L Examination likes in March of 2021 ; Education Minister

O/L Examination likes in March of 2021 ; Education Minister

O/L Examination likes in March of 2021 ; Education Minister

Written by Zulfick Farzan

03 Dec, 2020 | 11:48 am

Colombo (News 1st); The G. C. E. Ordinary Level Examination which has been postponed on multiple occasions will most likely be held in March 0f 2021, said Education Minister Professor G. L. Peiris.

Education Secretary Prof. K. Kapila C.K Perera speaking at a press conference said when the Ordinary Level Examination takes place in March 2021, the G. C. E. Advanced Level classes for those who pass the examination will commence in June or July.

The Education Minister went on to note the results of the G. C. E. Advanced Level Examination will most likely be released in March of 2021.

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The 2020 GCE Ordinary Level Examination will be postponed as it is not fair to hold the exam as scheduled from 18th to 27th of January 2021, given that only 50% of O/L classes are in operation at present as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of Education, Prof. G.L. Peiris said on Thursday (Dec. 03).

According to the Education Minister, only 5100 schools of the total 10,165 schools are currently opened.

Thereby, the 2020 GCE O/L exam will be held sometime in March 2021.

A total of 621,000 candidates are set to sit for the GCE O/L exam this time.

Prof. G.L. Peiris said it would take around 09-days to ensure the health safety of the candidates and hold the exam.

The results of the O/L examination could be released by June so that Advanced Level classes could begin by July.


The Department of Examinations is currently in the process of preparing to hold around 35 exams including recruitment exams to State Departments, Corporations, and public banks, the Education Minister further noted.

The Ministry of Education has initiated a programme to facilitate this process, where Rs. 10,000 will be issued to each examination centre where paper marking will be carried out, to purchase health-protective gear.

Further, the allowance for paper marking will be increased and sanitizer will be provided for those engaged in marking papers.

Schools will not be closed adding the rate of attendance of students in the Uva province was recorded at 71% two days ago, the Education Minister re-iterated.

He noted if the rate of attendance exceeds 50% across the island the closure of schools based on a situation isolated to Colombo and the Western province is not justifiable.

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