Jan 02, Colombo: A coalition partner of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says it opposes the government's move to scrap the Grade 5 scholarship examination from 2016.
JHU National Organizer, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said the party is committed to the Mahinda Chintana programme and is therefore opposed to any move to scrap the examination.
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena last month said 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.
Warnasinghe explained that the government's proposal that the construction of 1,000 schools with all facilities will take the pressure off parents and students from wanting to enter popular schools is not viable since the 1,000 schools will not become popular because they have all the facilities and the people will still want to enter their children to the popular schools.
He added that while children are burdened with undue pressure during a young age due to the scholarship examination, it is also the only chance for a child from a rural area to enter into a popular national school.
According to Warnasinghe, the Grade 5 scholarship examination should not be scrapped and the entire education sector is of this stance.