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* Marxist party of Sri Lanka requests parliamentary debate on ending Grade 5 scholarship examination
Fri, Jan 3, 2014, 09:42 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) plans to request a debate in parliament over the government's move to scrap the Grade 5 scholarship examination.

JVP parliamentary group leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said there needs to be a discussion on the government's move to end holding the Grade 5 examination as a portal for poor but intelligent students to enter the elite schools in the country.

Noting that all parties including governing party allies have objected to the government's move, the MP said his party will call for a parliamentary debate on the decision.

According to Dissanayake, the government is trying to deprive students from rural schools of entering into main schools in the cities.

"The government instead of addressing the real issues in the education sector and the Grade 5 scholarship examination believes that scrapping the examination will solve the problems," the JVP MP said.

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