UNP to present new Bill on school and university admissions
June 30, 2012
The United National Party (UNP) is to present a Bill outlining new policies of grade one school admissions and university selection procedures to Parliament shortly, MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said yesterday

Mr. Kariyawasam told a news conference yesterday that he had obtained the party’s approval to present a private members’ motion to the House. He said the policies in this Bill were carefully formulated by consulting educational experts, parents and students.

The UNP MP who referred to the current crisis with regard to the Z-score suggested that those children who had narrowly missed the chance of entering university both under the old and new Z-score should be taken into those institutions so that they could get on with their higher studies. “These children should be given the chance to enter the university as they have missed the needed Z-score,” he said. He said these children had no other option as they had already decided not to resit the AL exam.

Mr. Kariyawasam faulted the Dhara Wijetilaka Commission which looked into the crisis, stating that those included in the committee were political appointees. In this context he said the professor who introduced the Zscore system should have been included in it. “The crisis would have not popped up today if competent people were included in this committee to find a sound solution,” he said. In the meantime he lauded the order given by the Supreme Courts to the UGC to re-calculate the Z-score and requested that quick action be taken to resolve the crisis.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka