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The minister of education orders to call for a report about the methods of admitting children to the popular schools for studying in advanced level.

selectThe Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has ordered the officials to submit a detailed report on how marks are allocated in the tests conducted by the schools when the students who have passed the G.C.E. (O/L) from other schools are admitted to their schools and also about the money obtained from those students. This has been done after considering the complaints received on the ways of conducting interviews and obtaining money from the students in some schools. The interviews for admitting students to the advanced level classes are held at school levels and in addition to the results of the examination, achievements they have shown in sports, co-curricular activities and other fields are also considered at these interviews.

Accordingly, the students who have achieved high results will have the opportunity to enter another school and also the students can apply for another school when the subjects they want to follow are not available in their own schools. However, the minister of education has decided to call for such a report in order to verify further about the matters whether the justice is maintained for the students at those interviews.

In addition to this, the minister has instructed to include in the relevant report the information related to the charges obtained from the students admitted to schools for studying in advanced level. If some amount of money in addition to the facilities fees approved at school level is charged for the purpose of school development that must be approved by the secretary of the ministry of education or the provincial secretary of education. Otherwise the school authorities have not been given any power to collect money from school children. The people have been given the opportunity to submit their complaints using the hot number 1988 of the ministry of education, if they have anything to complain in this regard.

 

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