Madhusi Seneviratne of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo obtained the best results at last year`s GCE ordinary level examination, according to the results released yesterday.
Kasun Fernando of Richmond College, Galle became the next best while Maheshi Sandunika Wijeybandara of Musaeus College, Colombo secured the third place.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, a beaming Madhusi said promptly attending to her day to day school assignments was the secret to her success.
She said she did not work too hard solely targeting the exam, but instead worked according to a timetable maintaining a perfect balance between academic and extra curriculur activities.
?My parents did not unnecessarily pressurize me to study for the exam but instead encouraged and helped me immensely. Though I hardly found time to study in the mornings since I had to wake at 5 am to get ready to travel to school, I studied till about 10.30 p.m daily,? she said.
Despite tuition classes springing up in every part of the country, given the highly competitive nature of the present day education system, Madhusi had only received tuition for Mathematics and Science. The Minuwangoda girl appealed to students to focus on day to day work given in school and maintain a balance by taking part in extra curricular activities too which she sees as vital.
Her parents Ananda Seneviratne and Manel Seneviratne are employed in the private sector while her brother studies at Royal College, Colombo. Like most other students, she too joined Devi Balika Vidyalaya after she passed the Grade 5 scholarship exam with 171 marks from Nalanda Balika Vidyalaya, Minuwangoda.
Devi Balika principal Renuka Malalasekara said this was the first time since 1979 that a student from her school became the country`s first at the O/L exam.