Opposition calls for a parliamentary debate on Sri Lanka’s controversial exam results

Dec 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has written to Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne calling for an urgent parliamentary debate on the controversy surrounding the GCE Advanced Level results.

Kariyawasam told ColomboPage that he wrote to the Premier under Standing Order 14 of the parliament asking him to convene parliament to debate an urgent issue that has affected many people in the country.

Parliament that is currently on vacation is scheduled to meet next on January 17th.

“This is an urgent issue and I have asked the Prime Minister to convene parliament to debate the matter,” he said.

He added that many members in the government made various contradictory comments in the matter without taking responsibility for the issue.
“Everyone in the government is trying to cast the issue aside by making various comments,” he charged.
He called on the government to review, re-correct and release the A/Level results a fresh.

According to Kariyawasam, the government has to bear the cost of the whole re-correction process since the whole issue is their fault.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed a committee to look into the problems arisen in the release of GCE advanced Level examination results.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena at a media briefing in Colombo said that vice chancellors of universities and a former chief justice are included in the committee.

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