Aug 11, Colombo: Ceylon Teachers' Union urged the Sri Lankan President to appoint an independent panel to probe the problems related to the Economics test paper of the G.C. E. (Advanced Level) examination.
The secretary of the union Joseph Stalin Fernando stated in his letter it was pointless to call for a report from the persons who are responsible for the errors.
Teachers' unions in Sri Lanka have alleged that the Advanced Level Economics Paper 1 was full of errors and was substandard.
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena has called for a report from the Examination Commissioner regarding the problems in the Economics paper and the removal of long time controller examiner who was responsible for compiling the paper.
Meanwhile, 32 university lecturers who led the evaluation of Advanced Level examination papers have protested the removal of Prof. Danny Atapattu from the post of chief controller examiner.
Minister Gunawardena in June replaced Prof. Danny Atapattu from the Chief Examiner post and appointed a new person from the Management Faculty, instead of a person from the Economics Faculty.
Ceylon Teachers' Union secretary pointed out that the Examination Commissioner had quickly responded to the charges of the teachers' union that the paper had problems stating that there were no errors in the paper.
The teachers' union demanded the President to order the authorities to grant relief to the affected students.