Dec 30, Colombo: Education Minister of Sri Lanka Bandula Gunawardena says that a tentative decision has been made to conduct a simplified Grade 5 scholarship examination in 2014.
Gunawardena told a news conference that school teachers will be given a model examination paper of the simplified version by end of January 2014 if the decision if finalized.
He explained that the move is due to a request to simplify the examination before completely scrapping the examination in 2016.
He added that a one-hour examination will be held to measure the standard of students instead of putting pressure on young children and parents in rural villages through the Grade 5 scholarship examination.
According to Gunawardena, intelligent students in villages will be able to study in school with all modern facilities once the government’s 1,000 school development programme is concluded.
He noted that successive governments have failed to address the issues faced by students and has committed many injustices especially to the students in rural areas.
However, education sector trade unions have threatened to take legal action against the Education Ministry for depriving students from rural areas entering into leading schools in the country by terminating the Grade 5 Scholarship.
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.