Sri Lanka Supreme Court issues notice on Education Minister on A/Level results petition

Feb 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today ordered the Court Registrar to issue notice on the Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena and four other respondents in a Fundamental Rights petition filed in courts seeking the withdrawal of the controversial 2011 GCE Advanced Level examination results and the release of fresh results.

The petition was filed by the Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) and 16 students who have sat for the A/Level examination last year.

The Examinations Commissioner, Education Minister, University Grants Commission, Attorney General and the founder of the Z-score system, Prof. R.O. Thattil have been named as respondents in the petition.

A three-judge bench chaired by Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike issued the order when the Fundamental Rights petition was taken up for hearing today.

The Chief Justice has stated that the petition must be considered in the presence of the respondents.

The counsel appearing for petitioners has asked the court for a speedy trial since it is an issue that affects the entire student community.

The bench has then ordered the court to issue the notices to the respondents and postponed the hearing until February 13.

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