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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.

www.universityworldnews.com

Full Article – Here

Foreign Medical Graduates waiting Doctor appointments in Sri Lanka

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Foreign medical graduates doctors held hostage by a failed system SLMC
Foreign medical graduates doctors held hostage by a failed system SLMC

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) is under investigation for indefinitely putting off the Examination for Registration to Practice Medicine (ERPM). Approximately 1,500 students who received foreign qualifications have been affected due to the inordinate delay in conducting the examination.

Health Ministry spokesman says that Minister Pavitra Wanniarachchi had appointed a five-member committee to inquire into the delay in conducting the ERPM examination, the cancellation of the registration of several internationally recognised universities, the postponement of SLMC elections, the registration of those who hadn’t obtained basic qualification as doctors and the SLMC acting outside its mandate.

Minister Wanniarachchi has called for a report from the SLMC as regards the above mentioned allegations.

The minister has appointed an inquiring team comprising Specialist Professor Hemantha Perera, Professor Prashantha Wijesinha, Dr. Anula Wijesundera, Dr. Maithri Chandraratne and Dr. Darshana Sirisena.

Foreign Medical Graduates in Sri Lanka write as a group of nearly 1000 foreign medical graduates affected by the undue delay in conducting the Examination to Register to Practice Medicine (ERPM). Graduates believe the delay not only affects them, but also adversely affects the healthcare system of this country, where they are committed to serve. While Peripheral Units and District Hospitals around the country suffer from a dearth of Medical Officers, nearly 1000 fully qualified medical graduates are left waiting at home, simply because the Sri Lanka Medical Council hasn’t conducted an exam in more than 15 months. They want to pass this qualifying exam, enter the healthcare system and serve the country. And country needs more qualified doctors. The only thing standing in the way of this is the SLMC’s inefficiency fueled by internal problems. This inefficiency of the SLMC is robbing the future and is robbing the country of good doctors.

Foreign Medical Graduates Sri Lanka News

Starting from 24 August 2020, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) asked foreign medical graduates to apply for the Examination to Register to Practice Medicine (ERPM), parts A and D. Hundreds of graduates lined up outside the SLMC, paid the due fee of Rs. 20,000, and promptly completed their registration for an exam for which they had already waited for over a year.

Even though the SLMC had not declared the dates for the exam, they – reasonably – assumed it would be held within at least two months from the date of application. But the latest information from the SLMC suggests that the exam could be postponed indefinitely.

Only a thoroughly disorganised institution would call for applications without setting the exam dates. Such disorganisation, however, is characteristic of the SLMC’s actions over the past years. This has repeatedly disadvantaged thousands of foreign medical graduates, including the current group of foreign graduates awaiting this phantom exam.

Further, the SLMC has also been engaged in unending legal battles across multiple fronts. These cases have caused additional delays and distress to foreign medical graduates who have on occasions had nothing to do with them.

The Council often violates its own codes. For instance, the SLMC issued a degree approval letter to all the foreign graduates who are now waiting for the ERPM, upon our graduation, clearly stating that all four parts of the ERPM (A, B, C, D) will be held twice a year. However, the SLMC has not conducted Part A and Part D of the ERPM since July 2019.

The SLMC also repeatedly makes decisions that brazenly violate the country’s laws governing the medical practice as codified in the Medical Ordinance. This has resulted in a string of legal applications against the Council in the Appellate Courts. The courts have invariably ruled in favour of the petitioners, only for the Council – in a few cases – to then violate the rulings.

An illustrative example is the SCFR 54/2019 fundamental rights application filed by the group of 83 graduates from the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). The petitioners sought relief from the court against the SLMC’s arbitrary refusal to register them as provisional members of the practice, in violation of an earlier Supreme Court ruling.

The resulting interim order prevented the internship of more than a hundred foreign medical graduates who were not a direct party to the dispute and had fulfilled SLMC’s criteria for commencing medical internship. The affected graduates had to intervene as respondents, incurring legal expenses, to secure their training. This caused a further three-month delay to their eventual internship appointment, after having waited nearly a year to sit for the ERPM after graduating.

The SLMC, in late 2018, sought to prevent a few foreign medical graduates from completing the ERPM – after these graduates had already sat for a significant portion of the exam following admission by the same Council – by retrospectively imposing a new arbitrary pre-entry Advanced Level qualification midway. When the affected students challenged this at the Supreme Court under cases SCFR 145/2019 and SCFR 149/2019, the resulting interim order prevented the results of the completed exam portions from being released.

Eventually, the Supreme Court held with the Petitioners and ruled that the Council had acted arbitrarily in imposing a pre-entry qualification overriding the purview of powers which has been granted to it by the Medical Ordinance. These cases caused an additional four-month delay in the internship appointments for the hundreds of foreign medical graduates who had met even the new pre-entry requirement.

In the lead up to the first session of ERPM for 2019, the SLMC once again blocked several other foreign graduates from sitting for the ERPM based on an earlier pre-entry qualification it had set in 2010; in contravention to the current pre-entry qualification for medical education approved elsewhere in law by Parliament.

The victims challenged the matter in court and the case is purportedly the reason for not conducting Part A and Part D since July 2019, even though the court had not issued an interim order preventing the timely conduct of the ERPM for the remaining qualified candidates in the batch.

In four separate responses to an RTI request by some of these candidates, however, the SLMC attributed the delay to the pending court case and a non-existent stay order imposing the same. The Supreme Court delivered its verdicts on these cases (SCFR 399/19, SCFR 400/19, SCFR 442/19, SCFR 443/19, SCFR 444/19, SCFR 459/19) on 23 July 2020, ruling that the SLMC being a creation of the Medical Ordinance has no authority to set entry criteria for foreign medical universities in violation of the provisions of the Medical Ordinance and ordered the SLMC to grant permission to petitioners to sit for the exam.

Since July 2019, three groups of foreign medical graduates have arrived in Sri Lanka. Some of these graduates rejected attractive foreign internships and the option of practicing abroad to work in Sri Lanka. In an era where Sri Lanka suffers from severe brain drain and a shortage of medical officers in the healthcare system, the SLMC and the local medical system at large have treated those who made the difficult decision to return to Sri Lanka with absolute disregard.

When the statutory body established for the purpose of maintaining the ‘academic and professional standards, discipline and ethical practice’ of the medical profession in the country conducts itself in this unruly, arbitrary manner, it calls into question the integrity of the profession itself.

The apex court of this country has repeatedly found the SLMC’s positions on key questions such as: (i) Should there be a minimum Advanced Level results requirement for registering foreign medical graduates? (ii) Should universities that accept students that do not meet SLMC’s own pre-entry Advanced Level results requirements remain recognised the by SLMC? (iii) Should graduates from (local) private medical colleges be able to practice? – to run foul of the Medical Ordinance.

In multiple rulings, the Supreme Court has reprimanded the SLMC for usurping the powers of the Parliament, ultra vires enacting arbitrary rules that violate principles of natural justice, and failing to uphold constitutionally guaranteed equality of treatment, in particular, for foreign medical graduates.

The Ceylon Medical Council has been functioning since 1924 (renamed Sri Lanka Medical Council in 1998). Similarly, foreign medical graduates entering the country’s health system is not a new phenomenon: doctors trained abroad were part of the system even prior to independence.

Why then is the pathway for incorporating foreign medical graduates into the healthcare system still fraught with such difficulty and injustice? Is it fair for the SLMC to hold as hostage those foreign medical graduates who have fulfilled its own arbitrary standards, citing pending cases filed by petitioners disadvantaged by the same contradictory rules? Why should hundreds of foreign medical graduates, despite meeting every requirement, pay the price for SLMC’s failure to operate within the framework of the Medical Ordinance?

Source – island.lk and Dailymirror.lk

Study in Russia Moscow News – Delisting of Russian Universities a mistake – SLMC

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Study in Russia for Sri Lankans students Delisting of Russian Universities a mistake
Study in Russia for Sri Lankans students campus university Scholarships for Moscow

The delisting of three Russian universities as recognized institutions was an accident / mistake, the Sri Lanka Medical Council’s Chairman has said.

“A person had removed it from the website assuming that the delisting has been approved,” SLMC chairman Prof. Harendra de Silva told. Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Chairman said that an investigation will be launched into the incident.

He pointed out that the delisting of a university must be approved by the committee appointed to study the institutions and the SLMC.

“The decision will then be sent to the minister in charge. It is the minister who will make the final decision,” de Silva explained.

However, a letter sent by the SLMC registrar, as seen by News1st, has shown that the council has rejected the recognition of three Russian universities.

They are the Pirogrov Russian National Research Medical University, the Tver State Medical University, and the People’s Friendship University of Russia.

  • SLMC de-lists 3 prominent Russian State Universities from approved list
  • Embassy says move was without prior information and despite regular dialogue
  • Russian Embassy expresses concern over Sri Lanka Medical Council move
  • SLMC says delisting of three Russian Universities a mistake
  • SLMC says that an investigation will be launched into the incident.
  • Study in Russia Moscow News

The Cultural Section of the Russian Federation in a statement expressed concern over the decision by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to remove three prominent Russian State Universities from the Approved List. The statement said the three universities were People’s Friendship University of Russia (formerly known as Patrice Lumumba University), Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University and Tver State Medical University.

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) says the delisting of three Russian State Universities from the SLMC Approved List, was a mistake.

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Chairman Prof. Harendra De Silva said that an investigation will be launched into the incident.

The Peoples Friendship University of Russia (formerly known as Patrice Lumumba University), Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University and Tver State Medical University had been removed from the SLMC’s Approved List.

Russia had noted that with a history of over 50 years of diplomatic relations between the countries, Russia has been awarding Sri Lanka with scholarships to State Universities for Sri Lankan students to pursue their higher education, resulting in the production of numerous notable professionals in the country, especially in the medical field.

Russia hoped that the SLMC decision will not influence the practice of providing Russian State scholarships to Sri Lankan citizens in future, causing a loss of opportunities to young individuals to pursue their higher education free of charge in prominent Russian universities.

Study in Russia Moscow News

Via NewsFirst

Great Opportunity – Study in Russia !

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University) invites prospective international students from Sri Lanka to participate in the seminars dedicated to the university Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs.

Leadership and Motivation Army Training for public sector employed graduates Begin

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Army Leadership Training for graduates recruited for public sector jobs
Army Leadership Training for graduates recruited for public sector jobs

50,000 university graduates recruited for government’s jobs will participate for Sri Lanka Army initiated Leadership and Motivation Training Program. The military leadership and motivation training course will begin September 14 in 51 Army Centres.

Government recruited 50,000 unemployed graduates on March 1 and planned to give a training from March 5. But Election Commission suspended the training and requests to wait till election is over. After the election government provided 50,000 unemployed graduates jobs for all unemployed graduates and diploma holders from September 1. As there were rejected unemployed graduates, Cabinet approval was granted August 19 to provide employment to 10,000 more graduates.


The Army orientation-training programme for 50,000 graduates, recruited to the public sector in line with Sri Lanka President’s ‘Saubhagayaye Dekma’ (Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour) policy statement and on HE’s directions to the Army begins under phases on Monday (September 14) in 51 island-wide Army Centers including, Security Force HQs, Regimental HQs and Training Schools, consequent upon guidance given by Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army.

The purpose of this one – month long residential programme, implemented under five phases absorbs 10,000 graduates for each phase to cover all 50,000 graduates within five months. It is implemented together with the Directorate of Training in order to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes of those recruited graduates to ensure the effective contribution to nation-building as a trained, fully-fledged and energetic workforce. The project is to be closely monitored by the Ministry of Defence and coordinated and supervised at all seven Security Force HQs level.

Each phase through this methodology is set to train 10,000 graduates and achieve the full potential of the public sector simultaneously, covering subjects such as ‘Leadership and Team-Building Training’, ‘Management Training’, ‘Training in Private and State sector Establishments’, ‘Project work and Field studies’, ‘Cohesiveness and Resilience,’ etc, critical in developing an efficient public sector employee while mitigating poor productivity. The training would also impart knowledge on managerial skills, understanding on the objectives of the government mechanism, commitment, interest and dedication, self-confidence, innovation, flexibility, visualization, respect and recognition in society.

Those participating graduates according to their Districts are segmented before mentoring them for quality of the workforce and their attitudes. In addition, an opportunity would be made available to the participants to engage in project work and field studies to improve their skills by identifying issues and possible solutions in relevant fields.

Focused on the critical requirement to change the mindset of the public sector employee right from recruitment to retirement, the Army training course aims at developing their conceptual understanding on leadership, management, focus, confidence and competence to work effectively and efficiently on Long Term goals and Short-Term goals.

The short-term goal of this endeavour is to develop an energetic, target-oriented, disciplined and efficient workforce that is capable of providing a high-quality public sector service to all citizens of the country, based on leadership skills and traits, team spirit and competencies. Similarly, long-term objectives to be achieved in less than five years include the development of value-based public sector workforce, efficient mechanisms, transformation of attitudes and approaches, development of ‘working culture’ in society, recognition of public sector service, identification and evaluation of ongoing operational aspects, etc.

The Army training programme accordingly will be launched under five independent but inter-related modules by way of lectures, discussions, outdoor training activities, team building activities, study tours, capability studies and field studies in order to energize the public sector contribution in a dynamic way. Army Training Establishments, University Grant Commission, Ministry of Home Affairs, Selected State & Private Sectors and a few more state agencies work closely with the project.

Army Training Leadership and Motivation Program for DO government graduates
SL Army Training Leadership and Motivation Program for DO government graduates

The Army Headquarters will also liaise with the Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Defence to obtain strategic guidance for the conceptualization of this graduate training program throughout all those five months. The liaison for the training programme will be provided by the Directorate of Training at the Army Headquarters with all stakeholders at various levels.

The Program to provide jobs for all unemployed graduates and diploma holders has commenced from September. In line with its election pledge, the new government of Sri Lanka is to provide employment opportunities in the state sector for about 50,000 unemployed graduates.

Cabinet approval was granted August 19 to provide employment to 10,000 more graduates under the programme formulated by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to employ unemployed graduates..

Sri Lanka schools open dates

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Sri Lanka Schools open vacation term dates announce
Sri Lanka Schools Open Dates Vacation Term End New Term starts Time Education Ministry

UPDATE November 19– All schools excluding those in the Western Province & Lockdown areas will re-open for Grades 06 – 13 from November 23.

All schools excluding those in the Western Province & Lockdown areas will re-open for Grades 06 – 13 from 23rd November, said Education Minister Professor G. L. Peiris.

The 03rd term for schools in Colombo, Gampaha, and Kalutara will not commence on the 23rd of November, he said.

In addition, students from those districts cannot move to other districts, under any circumstance, he noted adding, no student will be allowed to enter these districts as well.

Sri Lanka Education Ministry has sought recommendations from Health officials whether schools are reopening or not on November 9. Earlier it was planned to re-open schools on the 09th of November. Final decision taken November 18 and it was announced today. All schools excluding those in the Western Province & Lockdown areas will re-open for Grades 06 – 13 from November 23.

Reopening of Sri Lanka government schools to be postponed due to present coronavirus spike situation in the country, according to ministry of education sources. Education Ministry secretary, Prof Kapila Perera has told to “Silumina newspaper” that due to the outbreak of COVID19, schools cannot be reopened as scheduled. Schools were scheduled to reopen on 9 November. Current school vacation was declared a week earlier in early last month as 2nd wave of COVID 19 outbreak started in Sri Lanka on 4 October. Education ministry sought health ministry recommendations last week to reopening of schools. Final decision is based on health ministry recommendations, but it is unlikely that health authorities allow school reopening soon, well informed sources said.

Sri Lanka Education Ministry announced Government and Private International Schools opening / Vacation / Holidays Term end / starts dates. All schools in Sri Lanka closed until further notice . All schools in Sri Lanka closed until further notice. 2nd school term holidays will commence October 5 : Education Ministry.

2nd school term holidays commence from October 5 : Education Ministry. All international schools and Catholic schools islandwide will also follow Government directive & close from Monday (05 Oct). 2nd school term holidays will commence from October 6 : Education Ministry.

All tuition classes in Colombo and Gampaha District will be closed from (Monday) until further notice – Education Ministry / Adaderana #LKA #SriLanka #COVID19SL

All schools in Sri Lanka closed until further notice. 2nd school term holidays will commence October 5 : Education Ministry.


The Ministry of Education has decided to open schools and conduct as usual in five days a week under two stages while following the health recommendations.
Accordingly, it has been decided to start the classes for Grades 6 to 13 from September 2 (from 7.30 am to 1.30 pm) and to commence normally all the schools including the primary classes from September 8.

Sri Lanka Schools Re-Open Vacation Term end starts dates announced

  • Grade 5 scholarship Examination 2020 October 11
  • Advanced Level examination October 12 to November 6.
  • Schools will be closed from October 10 to November 8.
  • Third school term will start from November 9 and ends on December 23.
  • The year-end school vacation will start on December 24 and it will last till January 1, 2021.
  • New school term of the year 2021 will commence on January 4.
  • Ordinary Level examination 2021 January 18 to January 27.
  • This time period will be a special vacation for all schools.
  • A study leave period will be given from January 1, 2021 to January 17 only to the students sitting for G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.
  • The schools will be reopened from February 1, 2021 after the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.

Holding of grade 5 scholarship examination, G.C.E. Advanced Level examination and G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination scheduled for 2020.
It has been decided to hold the grade 5 scholarship examination on 11.10.2020 that is scheduled to be held in the year 2020 and the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examination will be held from 12th October to 06th of November. Accordingly, the schools will be closed from 10th October to 08th of November 2020.

The third school term will start from 09th of November 2020 and ends on 23rd of December 2020. The year-end school vacation will start on 24th of December and it will last till 01st of January 2021. Accordingly, the new school term of the year 2021will commence on 04th of January.

Sri Lanka Schools open vacation term dates announce

The G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination scheduled for the year 2020 will be held from 18.01.2020 to 27.01.2020. This time period will be a special vacation for all schools. A study leave period will be given from 01st of January 2021 to 17th of January 2021 only to the students sitting for G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination

All government and private schools in Sri Lanka will be reopened from February 1st, 2021 after the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.

Schools will close for the third term holidays on Christmas Eve while the GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2020 will be held from January 18.

The GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2020 will be held from 18 – 28 January 2021.

Education Minister, Professor G.L. Peiris said students sitting for the examination will be granted leave from 01-18 January 2021. The third term school vacation for all government and semi- government schools will commence from 24 December 2020. The new academic term for the year 2021 will commence from 04 January 2021, he added. The GCE Ordinary Level Examinations 2020 has been moved from December 2020 to January 2021 due to schools being temporarily closed from March for over two months due to the coronavirus pandemic and later in August for the General Elections 2020. (Via Colombo Gazette)

World Suicide Prevention Day WSPD & Mental Health September 10

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Suicide Prevention in Sri Lanka Lifelines 1926 and call 1333 Mental Health
Suicide Prevention Day Mental Health Sri Lanka

World Suicide Prevention Day falls September 10. September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year since 2003, to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

Sri Lanka had a suicide rate of 6.9/100,000 in 1950 which dramatically increased to 47/100,000 by 1995 to clock the highest in the world. But suicide prevention strategies implemented on recommendations by the Presidential Task Force of 1997 succeeded in bringing the rate down to 24/100,000 in 2004, 18/100,000 in 2014, and 16/100,000 in 2019. These included decriminalising the act of suicide (1998), a Life Skills Programme introduced by the Ministry of Education (1998), and banning the use of extremely toxic pesticides.

Suicide, A major public health problem in Sri Lanka which demands our attention, but its prevention and control, unfortunately, are not an easy task. According to WHO, close to 800 000 people die globally by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts.

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Average of 08 persons die by suicide every day in Sri Lanka. If you or someone you love considering Suicide, Please Call below numbers.

SuicidePreventionSL Lifelines👇

☎️ Mental Health 1926 (toll FREE )
☎️ CCCline 1333 (toll FREE )
☎️ Sumithrayo- 0112696666
☎️ Shanthi Maargam- 0717639898

What is suicide & Who are at risk?

Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death.

Depression is the top mental health risk factor, but others include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.

Aside from mental health conditions, other factors that increase the risk of suicide in Sri Lanka include:

  • poor job security or low levels of job satisfaction
  • history of being abused or witnessing continuous abuse
  • being diagnosed with a serious medical condition, such as cancer or HIV
  • being socially isolated or a victim of bullying or harassment
  • Having recently been released from prison or jail
  • A prior suicide attempt
  • childhood abuse or trauma
  • family history of suicide
  • loss of a significant relationship
  • following belief systems that accept suicide as a solution to personal problems

Suicide warning signs

The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

  • Threats or comments about killing themselves.
  • Social withdrawal from friends, family, and community.
  • Dramatic mood swings, aggressive and impulsive behavior.
  • Increased alcohol and drug usage.

If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible.

Here are five steps you can take to be the first to help someone in emotional pain:

ASK:  “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question, but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

KEEP THEM SAFE: Find out whether they have a plan for suicide and keep them away from things that they can use to kill themselves.

BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling.

HELP THEM CONNECT: National Institute of Mental Health has initiated Suicide Prevention Programs to Suicide in Sri Lanka. Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 1926 and the CCC Line’s number 1333 in your phone, so it’s there when you need it. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.

STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm:

  • Call 119.
  • Stay with the person until help arrives.
  • Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
  • Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.

Suicide often stems from a deep feeling of hopelessness. The inability to see solutions to problems or to cope with challenging life circumstances may lead people to see taking their own lives as the only solution.

The effects of suicide go beyond the person who acts to take his or her life. It can also have a lasting effect on family, friends, and communities. Often, family and friends are the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide and can be the first step toward helping an at-risk individual find treatment.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1926 AND 1333, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential. Together, we can help to prevent suicide in Sri Lanka. Speak up and reach out, Support suicide prevention!

Inputs – The Morning, WHO, Internet