Dec 19, Colombo: Education Minister of Sri Lanka Bandula Gunawardena has said the government has decided to stop the Grade 5 scholarship exam from 2016.
Gunawardena told a news conference that the scholarship examination will not be held as a competitive exam, but as a normal exam.
He explained that there would not be a necessity for a Grade 5 scholarship exam from 2016 since the Education Ministry's 1,000 secondary schools development programme would be completed by then.
"Many schools will then be equipped with best facilities and therefore there would not be a competition for parents to admit their children to schools with what they would call better facilities. The secondary schools programme will address this issue," Gunawardena said.
The decision comes after the Ceylon Teacher Services Union charged that certain leading schools are closing the doors for scholarship winners saying that there are no vacancies for the Grade 6.
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.