Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Giving the option of all Students to take A level classes, no matter if they pass their O levels of not!

The GOSL (Government of Sri Lanka, in the guise of the Education Ministry) has just proclaimed that ALL students who have sat for their O levels will in future be eligible to follow the A level course.


Please make sure you begin the A level classes on Monday, January 2nd 2017, not in May or June as is the case now, where students waste some of their best years doing nothing before going back to school after the results are published. Remember that the O level exams are in December. So wasting 5 to 6 months of education, sets them back in their studies, and they have to spend MORE TIME in tuition classes to catch up what the STATE SCHOOL SYSTEM CANNOT TEACH THEM.


Make sure there are teachers and classrooms to accommodate these kids, as even now most A level classes DON’T have teaching staff, and even the teaching staff who are there, spend their time taking private tuition classes in the evenings, AND don’t teach the same students during the day, because they want to earn some extra money.


Review the reasons for the delay in marking, and rescrutinizing papers and release O level results by February 28th 2017 AT THE LATEST. This agonizingly long wait for results for those so young is hard on their impressionable minds, as they have to psyche themselves to study again, and think A levels, and think future.


It was NOT said at the announcement today, but let the students SIT THE A LEVELS in the SUBJECTS OF THEIR CHOICE, even if they have AFTER the results NOT got the relevant grades to go to that A level class. You will be surprised how even a failure at O levels can shine in a subject of their choosing at A levels and even get into a prestigious university after failing ALL HIS O LEVELS. 

Who knows there maybe a Nobel Prize winner in those who have failed O levels! you wanna bet!




  2. Ceylon Today - Newspaper of September 22nd 2016
    The Federation of University Teachers' Associations (FUTA) says it will not accept Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam's...

    ...statement regarding new educational reforms, which are being drafted.

    Kariyawasam said last Tuesday that effective year 2018 all students will be allowed to follow G.C.E. Advanced Level classes pending release of results in the Ordinary Level Examination. Former President of FUTA, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri speaking to Ceylon Today said that this new educational reform is unacceptable and is a grave injustice to every party involved in it.
    "I don't know what their rationale is for such statements on educational system reforms. What's been planned will make things worse and we cannot accept it. I am against it. Making the Ordinary Level Examination optional and allowing everyone to sit the Advanced Level Exam is not the solution to the existing problems in the system. Instead, what they can do is improve secondary education. What they are going to do is not equitable," he said. Kariyawasam has stated that a Committee headed by the Prime Minister is taking action to introduce educational reforms.

    He said that steps will be taken to ensure that all children will receive 13 years of continuous education, adding that this will be implemented with effect from year 2018. Students will be allowed to follow G.C.E. Advanced Level classes, in the streams of their choice, irrespective of whether they have passed the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination or not.