O/L begins on December 12
The Ordinary Level Examination 2009 will commence on December 12 at
around 4,000 Examination centres throughout the country, Examinations
Commissioner General Anura Edirisinghe said.
The examination will continue until December 23 and will not be held
on December 13 and 20 (Sundays).
More than 545,000 applicants have qualified to sit the examination
this year. Out of these applicants 340,000 are school candidates while
the balance 205,000 are private applicants.
Out of 340,000 school applicants, around 300,000 will sit the
examination first time while the rest 40,000 are repeaters.
Over 25,000 candidates from Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu will also sit
the O/L Examination, Edirisinghe said.
"The Examinations Department along with the Education Ministry has
taken steps to conduct extra classes, seminars and educational sessions
for candidates in welfare villages in Vavuniya.
Before commencing the examination, these candidates who are in
welfare villages will be resettled in their native places. In such
circumstances, the Examinations Department has planned to establish more
examination centres for candidates who are likely to be resettled,"
School candidates who sit the examination for the first time can
produce either their postal identity card or the National Identity Card
while external candidates have to produce only their National Identity
Candidates are also not permitted to bring or use calculators or
correcting fluid at the examination, the Commissioner added.
"All candidates are bound to obey the examination rules or else the
Examinations Department will take tough action against candidates who
violate the rules", the Commissioner said.