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* Some leading schools in Sri Lanka accused of closing doors for scholarship winners
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 11:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Teacher Services Union secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said today that the union would mobilize people to fight against depriving students who passed the highly competitive Grade 5 scholarship examination of opportunity to enter certain popular schools.

A controversy ignited today in the education sector with the issue of the cut off marks to enter to the Grade 6 of some leading schools.

Certain leading schools were not in the list of the schools assigned for the eligible students. Richmond College of Galle and Rahula College of Matara are examples of such schools. They are not in the list since the schools have no vacancies for Grade 6.

Jayasinghe said that the reason for the non-availability of space is that politicians admitting their children to these schools outside the proper procedure.

The number of students admitted by the leading schools has dropped drastically and the cut off marks for these schools have gone over 90 percent.

Grade 5 Scholarship Examination is criticized for its highly competitive nature but it is the only way available to most of the intelligent but less privileged students to enter leading schools in the country.

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