Sri Lanka’s Examinations commissioner says a reasonable and fair decision will be made considering 2020 Grade 5 Scholarship Exam (Paha Shreniya Shishyathwa Wibagaya), 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.

Examinations Department will depend on the advice of the Health Ministry and the Task Forces, in their decision to hold or postpone exams. A series of meeting will be held coming days to take the decision.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma stated that the children who are to face examinations in the future, will not be subjected to any disadvantage in any way due to the Covid19 epidemic.

What happens to 2020 Grade 5 Scholarship Exam & Students ?

• Hold the exam on August ?
• Hold the exam with covered syllabus on August ?
• Postpone the exam date ?

“Lanka Education” kindly requesting students NOT to panic over social media news. 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.

Doubts had been cast over the conduct of the grade five scholarship examinations on schedule due to the current situation. Educational authorities had to seek advice from the health authorities, an Education Ministry official said.

Examinations Commissioner General Sanath Poojitha said they feared the exams would not be held as scheduled previously.

He said the Examinations Department will depend on the advice of the Health Ministry and the Task Forces, in their decision to hold or postpone exams.

Mr Poojitha also said processing the scholarship applications this year was easier due to the online application system. He said the exams might be delayed until the August holiday period.

Mr Poojitha also said the department will seek advice from health authorities with regard to spacing and desk and chair arrangements in the exam halls.

Earlier Sinhala Newspaper Silumina reported that Grade five scholarship exam would be postponed due to coronavirus outbreak.

Year Students Sat Exam Centres Exam Date Results Released Dates
  2010 313,450 2744 August 22 September 22 31
  2011 321,427 2772 August 21 September 15 25
  2012 318,416 2803 August 26 September 25 30
  2013 329,725 2386 August 25 October 1 37
  2014 334,600 2870 August 17 September 28 41
2015 340,926 2907 August 23 October 7 45
2016 350,701 2959 August 21 October 4 44
2017 356,728 3014 August 20 October 5 46
2018 355,326 3050 August 5 October 5  
2019 339,369 2995 August 04 October 6  
2020 Over 300,000*  About 3000*  August 09*  October 5*   

Exam will be held on August 9 or another date according to the previous records after analyzing by “Lanka Education”. (Above art)


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