Video :Update : There are no Education Commission recommendations for abolishing the scholarship, say teacher unions
The Teacher Unions say that the National Education Commission has not submitted recommendations for abolishing the Scholarship Examination.
Lanka Teachers’ Union general secretary Joseph Stalin said that his union met the NEC officials yesterday.
The Teacher Union general secretary said that at the meeting it came to light the NEC had not submitted recommendations with regard to abolishing the scholarship examination.
However Education Minister Bandula Gunawardhana had earlier said that the NEC had submitted recommendations for abolishing the grade 5 scholarship examination by 2016.
Update : Tuesday, 31 December 2013 - 8:24 ---------------------------------------------------------------
Minister Bandula ready for a dialogue over Year-5 Scholarship Examination
Monday, 30 December 2013 - 21:27
The National Education Commission has proposed that the year-5 scholarship examination should only be held in 2014 and 2015.
According to Commission recommendations, 1000 fully fledged Mahindodaya Secondary Schools to be introduced by 2016 covering all Divisional Secretariats in the country.
The Commission has also recommended that the Year-5 scholarship examination should limit to one hour and one question paper to be held at the end of the year.
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardana recently said that year-5 scholarship examination would be transformed to testing general knowledge of students.
Main political parties as well as education unionists raised objections against the Minister’s decision to do away with the examination.
The JHU stated in a media communiqué today that the year-5 scholarship examination should not be abolished merely for its shortcomings.
The party stated that the Year-5 scholarship examination and the GCE Advance Level examination are the only 2 options that open a golden gate to higher education in this country and claimed that the Education Minister’s decision would close these 2 golden gates for the ordinary man’s talented children.
The JHU therefore proposed to overcome the current shortcomings of the examination and preserve it for the benefit of the ordinary students.
Meanwhile a media conference was held at the Education Ministry today to explain the recommendations made by the National Education Commission on the Year-5 scholarship examination.
Addressing the media, Minister Bandula Gunawardana invited Provincial Councilor Udaya Gammanpila for a dialogue over the issue.
When our news team contacted Provincial councilor Udaya Gammanpila, he said that he would accept the Education Minister’s invitation.