Sri Lanka`s implementation of a carbon copy of the British Ordinary Level education policies has resulted in over 51 per cent of the students failing at last year`s O/L examinations, Senior educationist Prof. Thilokasundari Kariyawasam said.
`The existing ordinary level system is almost a clone of the British system. It was copied and implemented here in 1971 by short-sighted educationists who could not foresee possible repercussions. A system that could bring successful results in a developed country like Britain cannot produce the same results in Sri Lanka. This has been proven again by the last O/L results,` she told The Island yesterday.
Over 51 percent of students have failed the GCE (OL) this year. Of 525,000 candidates including 296,358 school candidates, only 48.7 percent got through the exam, the Examinations Department said on Monday. About 21,813 candidates could not secure a single pass, as we exclusively reported on Monday (14).
`If all Ordinary level passed students were admitted to the universities, the result could have been accepted. But, this exam is to select students for Advanced Level, which is a university entrance course. In Britain, the results are not considered composite. Even if a student fails in some other subjects with a pass in Mathematics, there are job avenues in that stream. Here the results are assessed on composite basis, thus the failures have no option but to discontinue their education,` she said.
Prof. Kariyawasam said that Senior School Certificate system, which was replaced by the General Certificate of Education system, was more suitable for the country`s needs and much advantageous.