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* Calls to probe Sri Lanka's Law Entrance Exam results
Sat, Dec 29, 2012, 11:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 29, Colombo: Results of this year's Law Entrance Exam Sri Lanka has come under scrutiny after the results appeared to be favoring a particular ethnic group.

Opposition political parties and lawyers' groups called for the Criminal Investigation Department to conduct a probe on the exam results.

The Young Lawyers' Association of Sri Lanka, which has called for a probe, has pointed out that out of 705 Tamil medium students who took the law exam 133 students have received entry while only 154 students have been selected from a total of 6,295 who took the exam in the Sinhala medium.

Sri Lanka's main opposition United National party (UNP) expressing doubts over this year's results say a powerful political hand is behind the skewed results.

UNP parliamentarian and Attorney Ajith P. Perera told reporters that the party suspects a fraud in the exam since the results seem to be unusually partial although the matter should not be looked as a racial issue.

The Young Lawyers' Association has said that all the Tamil medium students have reportedly studied at the same institute and taught by the same teacher.

"This is not a coincidence, but clearly a fraud that needs a top level investigation," the Association said calling for the CID to investigate.

UNP MP Perera has said that the skewed results could be due to the actions of some elements working for their personal gain.

Meanwhile, the Law Entrance Students' Union has made a complaint to President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday about the alleged manipulation of the 2012 Law Entrance exam result.

President's coordinating secretary has promised the student union a meeting with the respective authorities to probe the matter.



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