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University Zscore cutoff marks release www.ugc.ac.lk website Monday

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Zscores Cutoff Marks Release October First Week to www.ugc.ac.lk
UGC Z Score cutoff marks release October first week to www.ugc.ac.lk website

Much awaited, much delayed, 2019 A/L exam Zscore cut-off marks will be released on Monday October 26, according to NewsFirst. A total of 41,500 candidates will be allowed to enter state universities, Sampath Amaratunga, the chair of the University Grants Commission told to NewsFirst. The university intake for degrees such as medicine and engineering has been increased this year, Amaratunga further said. Releasing Z Score cutoff marks delayed due to a lawsuit / case filed and due to coronavirus outbreak and limited staff at UGC. Z-score cutoff marks will be released to UGC official website www.ugc.ac.lk .

Releasing Z Score cutoff marks delayed due to various reasons. According to UGC sources, releasing Zscore cutoff marks delayed due to a lawsuit. UGC is now consulting with Attorney General AG department’s advice over this matter. UGC earlier said they will release Cutoff marks October 1st week or before 2nd week.

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY ADMISSION BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE GCE (A/L) EXAMINATION 2019

In a case pending before the Supreme Court in relation to allocation of places for courses of study between the students who applied for University admission under New and Old Syllabi based on the results of the GCE (A/L) Examination held in 2019, a motion was filed by the Hon. Attorney General informing the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in principle to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately due to lack of time, the matter was not listed this week. Therefore Hon. Attorney General took further steps to file another motion seeking to list the matter on 20.10.2020.

The cut off marks will be released thereafter.

The Chairman – University Grants Commission – 16.10.2020

Z score Cutoff marks based on 2019 A/L exam results delayed as several aptitude tests have not conducted and several aptitude tests results have not been released. According to the UGC sources all aptitude tests results should be released before releasing Zscore Cut off marks. Tests were delayed due to coronvirus outbreak.

According to the University Grants Commission UGC sources releasing Zscore cutoff marks and starting university entrance for new academic year will be delayed due to coronvirus outbreak. UGC sources say the delay is due month-long public service shutdown following curfew and less staff reporting to work as a safety measures. UGC has not yet announced the exact date of releasing Z-score. We “Lanka Education” will update the cut-off marks release dates in coming days once contacted the UGC officials.

Earlier Sri Lanka University Grants Commission UGC planned to release cut-off marks on 2020 June or July months and speed the university admission process. Release was delay due to sudden coronavirus outbreak, curfew, and safety regulations. UGC has not yet announced the exact date.

405 Engineering students are to be admitted to the universities of Peradeniya, Jayewardenepura, Jaffna, Ruhuna, Moratuwa and South Eastern engineering faculties from new academic year.

Government has taken a decision to increase the number of students admitted to medical faculties in government universities by 350 from new academic year.

Below listed Zscore Cutoff marks released dates during last 10 years. Only 2011 A/L exam’s Zscore releasing dragged to December month. In other years, it was released September month.

When 2019 / 2020 Z Score Cut-off marks release to UGC Website?

Year Cut Off Marks Released
2010 A/L May 27, 2011
2011 A/L December 28, 2012
2012 A/L November 9, 2013
2013 A/L September 6, 2014
2014 A/L October 6, 2015
2015 A/L September 20, 2016
2016 A/L June 6, 2017
2017 A/L July 26, 2018 
2018 A/L July 26, 2019
2019 A/L October 26, 2020*

*forecast data

Meanwhile Government planning to prepare a mechanism to admit students to universities within 6 months period after A/L exam results release, said earlier Minister Bandula Gunawardene. Currently it takes about one year to admit students to local universities.  

Academic activities of Medical & Engineering faculties will start 2020 December end. According to the reliable sources other faculties (Management, Science, Arts) will start from 2021 January to March 2021 period.

University Z Score Cut Off Marks to release 2020 October to www.ugc.ac.lk

Minimum Z-scores for selection to courses of study of universities in respect of each district and detailed information of course selection based on the GCE (A/L) Examination in 2019 can be accessed through the following modes after release;


1. Websites

www.ugc.ac.lk

www.selection.ugc.ac.lk


2. Call 1919 (Government Information Centre)


3. SMS to 1919

Format:  ugc <space> Index Number -> send to 1919

Example: ugc 2223322 ->send to 1919


4. Call UGC – 0112695301, 0112695302, 0112692357, 0112675854

University students infected with Coronavirus

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Japura Kelaniya campus students tested positive for coronavirus
Japura Kelaniya campus students tested positive for coronavirus infected USJP COVID19 University Student

Student of the Faculty of Social Science of the Kelaniya University has been tested positive for Coronavirus, reports Citizen News. The student’s father is reportedly an employee at the Minuwangoda factory. Officials are planning to do PCR tests for 5 students who are the close contacts of the infected student.

Meanwhile Daily News reported that, A third-year student of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura has been tested positive for Covid-19.

University students infected with Coronavirus

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Senior Prof. Sudantha Liyanage stated that the University is unaware as to how COVID-19 has been contracted and investigations are carried in this regard. The University has taken measures to admit the student to the IDH hospital on Saturday (10). The PCR test reports of the student’s mother who is reportedly a nurse at the Base hospital of Panadura, have not yet been received by the University, he added.

The suspect student who has been tested positive for COVID-19 is a student that belongs to the Department of Decision Sciences. There had been two students in the same boarding house and one is a resident of Gampaha Veyangoda area. “We are waiting for the results of their PCR tests and the Ministry of Health is informed in this regard” Prof. Liyanage said.

The University has placed the students in the same boarding house and the students remaining in the hostels from the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce under quarantine.

He further added that the University has moved coursework online since October 06 and students are discouraged to enter the university unnecessarily.

He also said that while many students have vacated the University hostels since October 6, the university is currently accommodating around 200 students in the University hostel premises. The few students remaining in the University from the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce have been quarantined in the University at the hostels with accordance to the COVID-19 quarantine guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

Moreover, Prof. Liyanage said that further decisions with regard to the reported positive case in the University will be taken after obtaining the PCR test reports of the mother of the infected student and the other two students in the boarding house.

Source – Citizen News and Daily News

Everything ready for Grade Five Scholarship Exam

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Grade five scholarship exam date August 9 ?
Grade Five Scholarship Examination Sri Lanka News Results

Everything is ready for 2020 Grade Five Scholarship Exam and it will be held on October 11 Sunday as scheduled with strict Coronavirus safety measures. Sri Lanka Education Ministry has published an on-line form on its website to collect details of candidates attempting the Grade Five scholarship exam. The Education Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera said the form in this regard has already been added to the web site of the Ministry. He further stated that information will be updated daily.

Ministry of Education has made arrangements to obtain relevant information including details of the health status of all students who are scheduled to sit for the Grade Five Scholarship Examination as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. Students or parents can access this information via the link https://info.moe.gov.lk

Health Form for the Grade Five scholarship examination can be obtained by visiting – info.moe.gov.lk

Admission cards will be used as curfew passes during the Grade 5 scholarship examinations, Police Spokesman says.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Education states that all students should include their information in the information sheet submitted on the website of the Ministry of Education before conducting the relevant examinations.

Students who are unable to provide the information for the above examinations online should submit the information at the center where they are appearing for the examination.

“The relevant form (Sinhala/Tamil/English) in the language will be submitted to the Head of the Examination Department by the Department of Examinations in the Zonal/Provincial Referral to Directors of Education.

Students who have not submitted the information online should complete and submit this form (in one medium) and all Provincial/Zonal Directors of Education and Examination Center Officers have been informed to follow the instructions of the health authorities in the relevant area regarding the health issues reported there,” the Education Ministry in a statement said.

The Ministry of Education will protect the confidentiality of the information completed by the candidates.

It is mandatory for all students appearing for the examination to enter their details and this information should be completed by the parents of the Grade 5 students.

If there is any problem with the candidate’s health or his or her family’s health after entering the information in the first instance, the information should be re-submitted in those instances.

Normally, Grade Five Scholarship Exam is scheduled on August month every year, but the exam was postponed this year due to Coronavirus outbreak. Earlier officials said 2020 Grade Five Scholarship Exam will be held from September 13. But students and parents have requested to postpone it by several weeks. Finally Ministry after having discussions with students, principals and teachers about this matter, decided to held exam is on October 11. In October again there was increase in COVID19 patents in Sri Lanka with Minuwangoda cluster. Officials after having discussion decided to hold exam as scheduled with strict health measures. 2020 Grade Five Scholarship Exam will be held on October 11 Sunday.

Relevant time table released. It is expected to release the 2020 Grade Five Scholarship Exam results on December. Cut Off Marks for Popular School will be delayed and will release after December. Last year, Pass Marks Sinhala Medium 164, Tamil medium 156 (Colombo district).

We wish all students Good Luck for the Exam !!

Important Guidelines for Students & Parents

Examination is scheduled to start at 9.30 a.m. Commissioner General of Examinations says therefore it is important all candidates being present at the examination centers at least by 9.00 a.m.

Pen (Blue / Black ) or pencil can be used to answer the question papers. Furthermore it is important to write the index number correctly at the space given on pages of every question paper.

The Exams’ Chief also emphasizes that every candidate should properly read the instructions given in the question paper before answering it.

Meanwhile, parents will not be allowed to enter the examination centers. They will not be permitted to enter the premises even during the interval. The Commissioner General of Examinations informs the parents to only give a short eat and a water bottle to their children.

Mobile Phones, Smart Phones & smart watches not allowed for students and supportive staff except exam hall chief.

Call 1911 for Exam related inquires or complaints.

Notice for A/L & Scholarship Exams Students

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Sri Lanka Education News
Sri Lanka Education News Latest Updates Schools Universities Campus Breaking News

2020 A/L Exam and scholarship exam students are requested to provide personal details due to current COVID19 coronavirus situation. Education Ministry requested from all the students to fill the form by providing true information through https://info.moe.gov.lk website. Obtaining Information of students appearing for 2020 Advanced Level Examination/ Grade 05 Scholarship Examination via https://info.moe.gov.lk. The website is currently facing accessing / technical difficulties due to heavy web traffic. 2020 A/L Exam and scholarship exam to be held as scheduled ensuring the maximum health protection of the children.

If you / your family member get fever / breathing difficulties after date of submission of the application or during the examination or after he examination you should submit this form again. Education Ministry of education guarantee he confidentiality of all the particulars you provided. Obtaining Information of students appearing for 2020 Advanced Level Examination/ Grade 05 Scholarship Examination via https://info.moe.gov.lk.

2020 A/L Advanced level and scholarship exams to be held as scheduled ensuring the maximum health protection of the children. https://info.moe.gov.lk
The Minister of Education said that the opportunities will be given to the students to sit for the Advanced Level and grade five scholarship examinations on the scheduled dates obtaining continuous instructions and full cooperation from the defense, health and all other sections. Accordingly, the grade five scholarship examination will be held on Sunday 11th of October and the Advanced Level examination will be held from Monday 12th of October till 06 of November as scheduled earlier.

The minister stated these views at a special meeting held at the Government Information Department (07) for the purpose of reaching a consent with regard to the holding of advanced level and scholarship examinations which are scheduled to be held shortly on the face of spreading covid virus presently in the country.

This special discussion was held with the participation of a group including The Minister of Education Professor G.L. Pieris, The Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella, The head of the national Covid prevention center Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, the Secretary of Education Professor Kapila C.K. Perera, the Commissioner General of Examinations Sanath Pujitha and the Epidemiologist Specialist Doctor Sudath Samaraweera.

At this occasion, The Minister of Education Professor G.L. Pieris emphasized that the government has taken this decision taking a great risk of protecting health of all exam candidates and all the others connected with exam duties while not giving any room for collapsing the exam related hopes of children and the parents. Therefore, the full assistance of all stakeholders in the society is expected in order to minimize completely the risk.

The Secretary of Education Professor Kapila Perera mentioned that a complete program has been designed with the participation of health authorities, transport authorities and the defense section to follow the health protection instructions strictly including the sanitizing the exam centers, wearing the face masks, hand washing and keeping individual distance, establishment of a special exam center reserved for the students currently been quarantined and specially to follow the health protection methods while transporting the students.

The Education Secretary further stated that the steps have been taken to obtain the personal details of the students sitting for the advanced level and scholarship exams including the recent ill-health conditions of them through a paper issued online in the official web site of the ministry of education shortly and the full cooperation of the parents is expected for providing the relevant information in those papers.

Grade Five Scholarship Exam not postponed will be held as scheduled

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Grade 5 Scholarship Exam 2020
Grade Five Scholarship Shishyathwa Prathipala Exam dates Sri Lanka

2020 Grade Five Scholarship examination will be held as usual and will NOT be postponed says Examination Commissioner. He was told to Neth FM that Ministry is considering the situation and so far has NOT taken any decision to postpone the exam. Everything is ready to conduct the Exam and it will be held October 11.

Normally, Grade Five Scholarship Exam is scheduled on August month every year, but the exam was postponed this year due to Coronavirus outbreak. Earlier officials said 2020 Grade Five Scholarship Exam will be held from September 13. But students and parents have requested to postpone it by several weeks. Finally Ministry after having discussions with students, principals and teachers about this matter, decided to held exam is on October 11. 2020 Grade Five Scholarship Exam will be held on October 11 Sunday. Relevant time table released.

“Lanka Education” kindly requesting students NOT to panic over social media news. Exam will be held on as usual. Government will take a fair decision which will satisfied you all. Hence Stay till official media channel publish the news. Stay at Home – Do your studies well as usual. Good Luck !

Few weeks ago Ministry said that Grade five scholarship exam will not be postponed. Social Media and several newspapers reported that grade 5 scholarship examination will be postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak. Answering the social media posts, Ministry says exam will NOT be delay.

2020 Grade Five Scholarship examination will be held as usual and will NOT be postponed says Examination Commissioner. He was told to Neth FM that Ministry is considering the situation and so far has NOT taken any decision to postpone the exam. Everything is ready to conduct the Exam and it will be held October 11.

GCE A/L Exam not postponed will be held as scheduled

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Education Ministry to postpone 2020 A/L Exam to October
Sri Lanka AL Exam postpone delay or exam date coronavirus outbreak covid19

2020 GCE A/L examination will be held as usual and will NOT be postponed says Examination Commissioner. He was told to Neth FM that Ministry is considering the situation and so far has NOT taken any decision to postpone the exam. Everything is ready to conduct the 2020 A/L Exam and it will be held from October 12 to November 6. A/L Exam timetable has been released to official website of Exam Department Students can get NEW Syllabus time table Here and Old Syllabus Time Table Here. All tuition classes and seminars related to 2020 A/L exam prohibited from midnight on October 06.

Normally, A/L exam is scheduled on August month, but exam was postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak. Earlier officials said 2020 A/L Exam will be held from September 7 to October 2. But students have requested to postpone it by three weeks.

Ministry after having discussions with students, principals and teachers about this matter took several decisions. Also ministry is decided to conduct online survey to obtain the opinion whether exam should held on September 7 or delay. Final decision on the date of the A/L Exam decided. Exam postponed again. 2020 A/L Exam will be held from October 12 to November 6. Relevant time table now released. With recent Divulapitiya coronavirus infected patient again students are panic over exam dates. 2020 GCE A/L examination will be held as usual and will NOT be postponed says Examination Commissioner.

“Lanka Education” kindly requesting students NOT to panic over social media news. Examination will be held as usual and will NOT postponed. Government will take a fair decision which will satisfied you all. Hence Stay till official media channel publish the news. Stay at Home – Do your studies well as usual. Good Luck !

Sri Lanka Education Ministry has decided to conduct an online survey to obtain the public’s opinion on the date to hold the GCE Advanced Level Examination 2020. As of the instructions given by the Minister of Education Dalus Alahapperuma, it is decided to conduct the online survey to obtain the opinion to held the GCE (A/L) Examination on 7th of September 2020.

When is A/L Exam begins?

A Fake / false Advanced Level A/L Time Table is circulating on social media and the examinations department is to take action against the spread of fake Time Table.

“There is no truth to the document claimed to be this year’s GCE Advanced Level Examination time table, that is circulating on social media,” said Sanath B. Pujitha – Commissioner of Examinations. Download the A/L exam time table ONLY from examination department official website. www.doenets.lk

Sri Lanka Examinations Commissioner requested the general public including students to act responsibly and only trust the official announcements issued by the Education Ministry and the Examination Department. Examination Department says that 364,761 students will sit for the examination this year which has been scheduled for August. Relevant timetable released to official website of Examination Department.

Exams commissioner says a reasonable decision will be made considering 2020 advanced level exams 2020 A/L Exam, as schools remained closed due to coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. “The authorities together with the Ministry of Education will make a decision that is fair by the students,” Sanath Pujitha, the commissioner general of examinations said during a programme aired on Sirasa TV.

When is the 2020 A/L Examination ?

“Lanka Education” kindly requesting students NOT to panic over social media news. Examination will be held as usual and will NOT postponed. Government will take a fair decision which will satisfied you all. Hence Stay till official media channel publish the news. Stay at Home – Do your studies well as usual. Good Luck !

Increase in Alcohol related deaths in Sri Lanka

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Alcohol Deaths in world and Sri Lanka
Alcohol Consumption Deaths in world and Sri Lanka Health data

Today is October 3rd and it is World Temperance Day (Amadyapa Dinaya). More than 3 million people die annually worldwide as a result of the harmful use of alcohol, according the World Health Organization WHO. According to the health officials, about 65 people die in Sri Lanka daily due to alcohol related deaths. This amounts to over 23,000 deaths annually.

7% of alcohol-consumers are addicts and 10% of deaths in the 15 to 49 year category are due to alcohol-related ailments
Sri Lanka has been experiencing a certain level of decrease in alcohol consumers, although there still are a
considerable number of addicts.

Alcohol consumption has become one of the main factors and causes of harm to the happiness, health and progress of people around the world while it also leads to health problems and adversely affects people’s lives, relationships with their family as well as society.

Alcohol consumption is also on the top of the lists of leading causes for early deaths and disabilities of people living in countries with lower to middle income economies.

Alcohol has been identified as one of the leading causes for around 60 diseases and illnesses while it also contributes to another 200 sicknesses.

Increase in Alcohol related deaths in Sri Lanka

According to the health officials, about 65 people die in Sri Lanka daily due to alcohol related deaths. This amounts to over 23,000 deaths annually.

Meanwhile Sri Lankans spend roughly Rs 247 million per day on hard liquors and Rs 58 per day on beer.

4,201 deaths per 100,000 population (from alcohol attributable liver cirrhosis, road traffic injuries and cancer). Alcohol related death rank is 1.40 for Sri Lanka. Recorded Per Capita consumption 2.7 Liters, Recorded Per Capita consumption among male 18.9 Liters. Anuradhapura and Nuwara Eliya Districs ranked highest status of Alcohol Consumption by District.

Alcohol Consumption by Type
Beer – 50 %
Arrack – 42 %
Toddy – %
Kasippu – %

However, the total expenditure for patients with health problems associated with alcohol is around Rs 145 billion, a figure which is greatly affecting the country’s economy, according to the government.

Alcohol and drug prevention organizations in the country say that although policies have been formulated in relation to alcohol, no legal drafts have been prepared to implement them.

They also highlight the fact that doubts exist with regard to implementing these policies specifically on the subjects of pricing, sale and investment.

In the year 2018, the prices of beer saw a drop mainly due to the slashing of the duty imposed on beer. But isn’t increasing the price of beer what should be done? According to the Alcohol & Drug Information Center (ADIC) beer consumption has significantly increased compared to previous years as a result of the price drop.

The risk of school children falling victim to alcohol due to the affordable prices of beer is another issue that organizations have brought up.

Therefore if the policies are to be properly implemented the prices of beer should be higher than the prices which had existed before 2018.

Presently the only noticeable outcome from World Temperance Day in Sri Lanka is the closure of liquor shops across the island.

Inputs – WHO / ADIC

Dengue Fever increases in Sri Lanka again Health Alert Issued!

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Dengue Fever increasing in Sri Lanka Health Alert issued
Dengue Fever again increasing in Sri Lanka Health Alert Stay Safe

So far this year 2020, total about 27,600 dengue cases and about 28 deaths report in Sri Lanka according to government’s official figures (EPID). Dengue fever increases in Sri Lanka, usually soon after rainfall as rains optimal for mosquitos breeding. It is a leading public health problem in Sri Lanka. All 26 districts and all age groups are affected.

An estimated 400 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year.

Dengue Fever increases in Sri Lanka with rains – Dengue Fever Alert !

A tiny mosquito bite can take your life & your loved ones !

Last year, 104,501 dengue cases and about 100 deaths was reported in Sri Lanka according to government’s official figures (EPID). With rains dengue fever was increased in Sri Lanka. Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Jaffna, Kandy, Galle, Matale and Batticaloa districts have been identified Dengue high risk zones according to NDCU.

Sri Lanka Health officials have noted that an increase in mosquito population and predict that there is an increase risk of dengue spreading coming days, especially in urban and semi-urban areas. Health officials say that preventing the spread of Dengue should be given special attention as there is an increased risk of the mosquito-borne disease with the arrival of monsoon rains coming days.

Most dengue cases are reported between May and July and from October to January during the southwest and northeast monsoon rain seasons.

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Dengue Fever Sri Lanka Mosquito bite can take your life & your loved once

Lets keep fighting against Dengue Fever in 2020!

Always Be ALERT & clean your places and destroy mosquitoes breeding grounds.

Below listed last few years dengue cases and deaths.

2019 – 100 Deaths 104,501 Cases

2018 – 56 Deaths 50,163 Cases

2017 – 410 (184,442) 

2016 – 77 (48,000)

2015 – 54 (29,000)

2014 – 99 (47,500)

Use Mosquito Nets, long clothing, Mosquito Repellents, Coils, closed doors & windows to avoid mosquito bites.

Consult a Doctor if Fever/ Headache/ Joint pain/ Vomiting persist more than 2 days

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include

  • Sudden, high fever
  • Severe headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever
  • Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
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Dengue Fever Sri Lanka Mosquito bite can take your life & your loved once

Treatment for Dengue Fever

There is no specific medicine to treat dengue infection. If you think you may have dengue fever, you should use pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoid medicines with aspirin, which could worsen bleeding. You should also rest, drink plenty of fluids, and see your doctor. If you start to feel worse in the first 24 hours after your fever goes down, you should get to a hospital immediately to be checked for complications.

Preventing Dengue Fever

The best way to prevent the disease is to prevent bites by infected mosquitoes, particularly if you are living in or traveling to a tropical area. This involves protecting yourself and making efforts to keep the mosquito population down. In 2019, the FDA approved a vaccine called Dengvaxia to help prevent the disease from occurring in adolescents aged 9 to 16 who have already been infected by dengue. But, there currently is no vaccine to prevent the general population from contracting it.

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Dengue Fever Sri Lanka Mosquito bite can take your life & your loved once

To protect yourself:

  • Use mosquito repellents, even indoors.
  • When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into socks.
  • When indoors, use air conditioning if available.
  • Make sure window and door screens are secure and free of holes. If sleeping areas are not screened or air conditioned, use mosquito nets.
  • If you have symptoms of dengue, speak to your doctor.

To reduce the mosquito population, get rid of places where mosquitoes can breed. These include old tires, cans, or flower pots that collect rain. Regularly change the water in outdoor bird baths and pets’ water dishes.

#DengueSL is the popular Social Media hashtag for Dengue Fever in Sri Lanka.

Dengue Sri Lanka - Wolbachia
Dengue Fever Spreading in Sri Lanka Stats Figures Data

Dengue Fever increases in Sri Lanka with rains.

Zscores Cutoff Marks Release Monday to www.ugc.ac.lk

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Zscores Cutoff Marks Release October First Week to www.ugc.ac.lk
UGC Z Score cutoff marks release October first week to www.ugc.ac.lk website

UPDATE – Much awaited, A/L Zscore cut-off marks will be released on Monday October 26. A total of 41,500 candidates will be allowed to enter state universities, Sampath Amaratunga, the chair of the University Grants Commission told to NewsFirst. The university intake for degrees such as medicine and engineering has been increased this year, Amaratunga further said. Releasing Z Score cutoff marks delayed due to a lawsuit / case filed and due to coronavirus outbreak and limited staff at UGC. Z-score cutoff marks will be released to UGC official website www.ugc.ac.lk .

Releasing Z Score cutoff marks again delay. According to UGC sources, releasing Zscore cutoff marks delay due to a lawsuit. UGC is now consulting with Attorney General AG department’s advice over this matter. UGC earlier said they will release Cutoff marks October 1st week or before 2nd week.

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY ADMISSION BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE GCE (A/L) EXAMINATION 2019

In a case pending before the Supreme Court in relation to allocation of places for courses of study between the students who applied for University admission under New and Old Syllabi based on the results of the GCE (A/L) Examination held in 2019, a motion was filed by the Hon. Attorney General informing the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in principle to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately due to lack of time, the matter was not listed this week. Therefore Hon. Attorney General took further steps to file another motion seeking to list the matter on 20.10.2020.

The cut off marks will be released thereafter.

The Chairman – University Grants Commission – 16.10.2020

“Lanka Education” managed to contact University Grants Commission (UGC) officials. According to UGC sources, much awaited 2019 ZScores cutoff marks will be released to the internet before commence 2020 A/L examination. UGC sources further told “Lanka Education” that the 2019 A/L exam based ZScore Cutoff marks will be release before October 2nd week. Sources further say they will try their best to release cut-off marks during October first week.

“Zscore cutoff marks preparation at its last stage, UGC is hoping to release the cut-off marks October first week”

Z score Cutoff marks based on 2019 A/L exam results will be delayed as several aptitude tests have not conducted and several aptitude tests results have not been released. According to the UGC sources all aptitude tests results should be released before releasing Zscore Cut off marks. Tests were delayed due to coronvirus outbreak. According to the University Grants Commission UGC sources releasing Zscore cutoff marks and starting university entrance for new academic year will be delayed due to coronvirus outbreak. UGC sources say the delay is due month-long public service shutdown following curfew and less staff reporting to work as a safety measures. UGC has not yet announced the exact date of releasing Z-score. We “Lanka Education” will update the cut-off marks release dates in coming days once contacted the UGC officials.

Earlier Sri Lanka University Grants Commission UGC planned to release cut-off marks on 2020 June or July months and speed the university admission process. Release was delay due to sudden coronavirus outbreak, curfew, and safety regulations. UGC has not yet announced the exact date.

405 Engineering students are to be admitted to the universities of Peradeniya, Jayewardenepura, Jaffna, Ruhuna, Moratuwa and South Eastern engineering faculties from new academic year.

Government has taken a decision to increase the number of students admitted to medical faculties in government universities by 350 from new academic year.

Below listed Zscore Cutoff marks released dates during last 10 years. Only 2011 A/L exam’s Zscore releasing dragged to December month. In other years, it was released September month.

When 2019 / 2020 Z Score Cut-off marks release to UGC Website?

Year Cut Off Marks Released
2010 A/L May 27, 2011
2011 A/L December 28, 2012
2012 A/L November 9, 2013
2013 A/L September 6, 2014
2014 A/L October 6, 2015
2015 A/L September 20, 2016
2016 A/L June 6, 2017
2017 A/L July 26, 2018 
2018 A/L July 26, 2019
2019 A/L October 26, 2020*

*forecast data

Meanwhile Government planning to prepare a mechanism to admit students to universities within 6 months period after A/L exam results release, said earlier Minister Bandula Gunawardene. Currently it takes about one year to admit students to local universities.  

Academic activities of Medical & Engineering faculties will start 2020 December end. According to the reliable sources other faculties (Management, Science, Arts) will start from 2021 January to March 2021 period.

University Z Score Cut Off Marks to release 2020 October to www.ugc.ac.lk

Minimum Z-scores for selection to courses of study of universities in respect of each district and detailed information of course selection based on the GCE (A/L) Examination in 2019 can be accessed through the following modes after release;


1. Websites

www.ugc.ac.lk

www.selection.ugc.ac.lk


2. Call 1919 (Government Information Centre)


3. SMS to 1919

Format:  ugc <space> Index Number -> send to 1919

Example: ugc 2223322 ->send to 1919


4. Call UGC – 0112695301, 0112695302, 0112692357, 0112675854

Z score Cutoff marks based on 2019 A/L exam results will be delayed as several aptitude tests have not conducted and several aptitude tests results have not been released. According to the UGC sources all aptitude tests results should be released before releasing Zscore Cut off marks. Tests were delayed due to coronvirus outbreak

Military training programme for Sri Lankan graduates commenced, militarising society ?

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Military training programme for Sri Lankan graduates started
Sri Lanka Army Training and Leadership Motivation Programme for government university graduates

More than 50,000 graduates recently recruited to government jobs under a special programme are undergoing a month-long leadership and motivation training in military camps in Sri Lanka. But unions and several political parties have questioned the move, saying it is a part of a government strategy of militarising society.

From 14 September, the Sri Lankan government launched an army orientation-training programme for 50,000 graduates recently recruited to government jobs. The project will be monitored by the defence ministry and coordinated and supervised by the Security Force, a branch of the army.

The University Grants Commission, army training establishments, the home affairs ministry, selected state and private sector organisations and other state agencies will work closely in delivering the project.

The new government of Sri Lanka, elected in August, has provided employment opportunities in the state sector for about 50,000 unemployed graduates in line with its election pledge aimed at lowering the unemployment rate to below 4%. Sri Lanka has a significant youth unemployment problem, which is particularly high among the more educated.

The country’s election commission suspended the programme until after the results of elections in early August and recruitment has been underway since then.

According to the government, the aim of military training is to develop and enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the recently recruited graduates to make them more employable. Public perception of government employees is that they underperform and are inefficient, a view the government wants to dispel.

But the government also says it expects the programme will make an “effective contribution to nation-building” and the development of a “fully fledged and energetic workforce”.

Duminda Nagamuwa, propaganda secretary of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), speaking at a media conference in the capital Colombo, said: “It is true that these graduates need training, but it should not be done by the army and it should not be a military training. It should be [provided by] the public administration ministry.”

He added that the training was a part of the government’s strategy of militarising society.

Nagamuwa fears that if the military training programme is not resisted by the public, the government will reintroduce compulsory military training for university students. University students had to undergo weeks of military training from 2011. The controversial programme was suspended in 2015 following a surprise change of government.

Some graduates have raised objections to military training, saying it is difficult for pregnant women to participate. But the army has responded that Buddhist monks, disabled persons and pregnant women will receive special care and attention during the training period.

‘Leadership and team-building’

According to the Sri Lanka Army, the one-month residential programme will be conducted at 51 army centres island-wide and implemented in five phases – with 10,000 graduates for each phase to cover all 50,000 graduates currently recruited to government employment within five months.

It consists of six independent but inter-related modules by way of lectures, discussions, outdoor training activities, team-building, study tours and field studies. It includes training in leadership, and in ‘cohesiveness and resilience’ and management skills, training in private and state sector establishments, as well as project work.

These are considered critical in developing efficient public sector employees while mitigating poor productivity, according to the government.

In a media statement, the Sri Lanka Army said the training would impart commitment, interest and dedication, self-confidence, innovation, flexibility, visualisation, respect and recognition in society.

The army said long-term objectives to be achieved in less than five years include the development of a value-based public sector workforce, efficient mechanisms, transformation of attitudes and approaches, development of a ‘working culture’ in society, and recognition of public sector service.

But convener of the Combined Association of Unemployed Graduates (CAUG), the venerable Thenne Gnanananda Thero, said proper public administration training should be provided instead of military training.

In recent years CAUG has played a huge role in pressuring the government to provide jobs for unemployed graduates. During the screening process for the government jobs programme, the government rejected thousands of applications from unemployed graduates for various reasons. CAUG protested and demanded additional jobs for those rejected.

For example, the government had rejected some recent graduates who had worked in the private sector and who, with fears rising of job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had applied for the more secure government jobs.

Last month the government agreed to recruit 10,000 additional graduates, bringing the total to 60,000. The extra 10,000 will be recruited in the coming days.

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