Heavy examination schedules are expected to delay the completion of the Educational calendar for 2023 until early next year, a senior official of the Education Ministry said. The Education Ministry and the Department have already made arrangements to conduct last year’s GCE Advanced and Ordinary Level exams early this year while the A/L and O/L schedule for this year is to be held in the second half of the year. Accordingly, the third term for this year will continue until the early part of next year, the official said.
Education Minister Susil Premajayantha told Education Times that some schools would be closed for paper correction and if the paper correction is expedited they would be able to minimise closure of schools. He hopes the Ministry will be able to release the timetable for this year for the respective terms by March 27, based on the examination timetable prepared by the Examination Department. He said that according to the current situation, it would be at least January by the time the syllabuses would be completed. “However we do not plan to continue the third term until April.
We will try to finish it before that.” The Education calendar has been disrupted since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020 which forced the closure of schools and the cancellation of examinations. The Education Ministry has been taking steps to reduce delays; but school activities were disrupted during last year’s protest campaigns as well. The Education Ministry has taken several steps to complete the syllabuses this year and reduce the lag. -DWI