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* Student makes history with 100% marks in Grade Five Scholarship exam
Saturday, September 22, 2007, 14:52 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 22, Colombo: A Grade five student of Sri Lanka scored 200 marks out of 200 total for the first time in the history in highly competitive Grade Five Scholarship examination, said the Examination Commissioner Anura Edirisinghe.

The young brilliant student Chagi Basuru Weerakoon is from Horana Thakshila College in the Kalutara district. Two students who scored 196 each from Hanwella John Bosco and Galle Wathugedara schools gained second place. The third place went to a student from Divulapitiya Horagasmulla School.

All the students in top ranks this year are from schools in outstation areas, said the Examination Commissioner.

Meanwhile, Thirumaran Elawaran, a student of Theresa Ladies’ College from rebel held Kilinochchi scored the highest marks in Tamil medium. He scored 190 marks.

The Grade five scholarship examination was held on September 19 and the results will be released to schools tomorrow.

The cut off pass mark has also gone up to 150 this year. The government says the scholarship grants will be increased from next year. However, the examination is primarily used as a tool to enter to popular schools.

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