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* Education Minister of Sri Lanka seeks Supreme Court order against criticizing national examinations
Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 07:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Education has announced that it was planning to appeal for a Supreme Court ruling against criticizing major national examination while they are being held.

Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena has called for a report from Examination Commissioner General W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara regarding the legal measures that can be initiated under Examination Act against the individuals who deliberately act to disrupt the examinations.

The Minister said that such criticism might affect the morale of the students who are sitting for the examinations.

He further pointed out that the Ceylon Teachers' Union filed a false case against the Z-score previously.

However, issuing a press statement, Ceylon Teachers' Union secretary Joseph Stalin said that the criticism is due to the failure of the authorities to hold the examinations properly.

Ceylon Teachers' Union further stated that the Minister must act before September 14, the day the evaluation of Economics paper begins, to take action to provide relief to the students that were affected.

Highlighting the need for positive criticism, Joseph Stalin pointed out that the Ceylon Teachers' Union fundamental rights case in 2012 regarding the errors in Z-score contributed positively to benefit 5000 students affected. He rejected the Minister's allegation that Ceylon Teachers' Union filed a false case and added that the Minister's statement amounted to contempt of court.

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