Grade five schol exam: zero for 616
Education Minister Susil Premajayantha told Parliament yesterday that
616 students who sat for last year's Grade five scholarship Examination
(2008) had got zero marks.
The percentage of the students who scored zero was 0.2 per cent, he
This was mentioned in the answer tabled by the Minister on behalf of
a question raised by JVP MP Nawaratne Banda for oral answers.
** Number of students who sat for the exam -
** Number of students who passed - 32,000
** Number of students who qualified to receive
** Number of students who qualified to enter
popular schools - 17,000
The total number of students who sat for the examination was 275,151.
The answer tabled by the Minister said: "There is no classification
as 'passed' in the examination. In this examination, they are classified
as "students who have obtained marks above the cut off marks" to be
decided to grant scholarship allowances.
The scholarship allowances are provided only for students in low
income group families. There is no classification as "failed" in this
This examination is held as a selection test. There is only an
assessment of matters. Based on results of this examination, a student
who gets qualified for the scholarship after studying even in a less
privileged school will get the opportunity for admission to a school
According to the competitive situation, parents send their children
for tuition classes and to do the relevant printed question papers with
the intention of getting a leading school for their children. The reason
for this situation is the limited accommodation in leading National
schools and provincial schools for the admission of nearly 32,000
students who get qualified in the scholarship examination.
This is an unnecessary pressure created by various external
institutions and individuals.
It is not owing to any fault in the scholarship examination."