One thousand three hundred students had not attended the recently concluded G. C. E. (Ordinary Level) Examination in Mullaitivu district. The reason to not attend the exam is yet to be found, the Zonal Education office in Mullaitivu reported last week.
According to a UN based INGO operating in Sri Lanka, about 80 per cent of school candidates did not sit for the exam. There were 2152 students who to sit for the exam, however only 1741 sat for the exam while 411 students did not turn up. The total number of private candidates who applied for the exam from Mullaitivu district is 1701. Only 801 students sat for the exam and 900 did not come. The participants were 47 per cent.
Examination Commissioner Anura Edirisinghe when contacted by The Island said that they did not receive accurate numbers of sittings for the O/ L examination yet. But, he reported some students had not sat for the examination in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.
`We allowed students in operation areas to sit for the O/ L examination at any centre. They had to prove their identity and then the students were allowed to sit the exam. We reported some students from Jaffna and Kilinochchi sat for the exam in Colombo. Some Kilinochchi students who completed the examination at Vavuniya. But, there is no news about thousands of students sat for the exam at other places. The reports will be received on January 19,` Edirisinghe said.
About 295000 school and 2,43,000 private candidates had sat for the G. C. E. (O/L) examination concluded two weeks ago.
The TULF leader V. Anandasangree in a media release yesterday said that the LTTE had ordered 8000 students who sat for the recent GCE (O/L/) examination to undergo armed trainings.