Aug 05, Colombo: Commissioner General of Examinations, Sanath Pujitha says that the Department of Examinations, while providing relief to students, is taking special steps to minimize the cheating at the GCE Advanced Level examination that will begin Monday (06) across the island.
In an attempt to curb cheating during the examination, the Commissioner General, Examinations and the Ministry of Education, have sought Sri Lanka Army's help.
The Commissioner General said the Examinations Department has launched a special program to instantly catch the students using modern equipment such as smart phones and other high-tech devices.
The Army and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission have agreed to assist the Examinations Department and jam the jam signals to prevent the use of mobile phones or other electronic communication devices by those taking the exam.
In addition, the Examination Department is also taking steps to prevent copying of answers to multiple choice questions by changing the order of questions in the test and also with different versions of tests. This new method has been tried by the Department of Examinations and it has been successful, the official said.
Also for the first time in the history, the A/L candidates will be given a special 10-minute break during the three-hour test.
The Department instructs the candidates to confirm their exam dates and time and arrive at the exam centers early with a proof of identity. The National Identity Card, passport, or driver's license can be used to prove the identity of the candidates.
According to the Department of Examinations, 321,469 applicants are taking the GCE Advanced Level examination scheduled from August 6 to September 1, 2018 at 2,268 centers island-wide.