CJ wants intake increased
Aug 31, 2012
Chief Justice Shirani A. Bandaranayake yesterday advised the University Grants Commission to increase the number of students admitted to universities and develop the infrastructure to accommodate them in light of the GCE Advanced level examination Z-score issue.

She recollected that a similar situation arose in 1991 and it was resolved by the increase in the intake of students. When the matter came up before the Supreme Court . in accordance with the earlier Supreme Court directive.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice Shirani A. Bandaranayake and Justice K. Sripavan said a formula should be agreed upon and that it should be informed to the students. Court fixed the matter to be mentioned on September 3 before the Chief Justice, Justices N.G.Amaratunga and Sripavan. If the matter is not resolved before September 3, the same Bench will sit on September 10 to hear it. Inundated with fundamental rights petitions by several hundred of GCE advanced level students in respect of Z-Score calculation, the Supreme Court has granted leave to proceed with another set of six petitions for the alleged infringement of their fundamental rights to equality and fixed the matter for argument on September 3.

The Petitioners are students who sat the GCE (Advanced Level) Examination in August 2011 under old and new syllabuses in different streams.

They cited Commissioner General of Examinations, University Grants Commission, Higher Education Minister S.B.Dissanayake, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardene and the Attorney General as Respondents.

Saliya Peiris, President's Counsel Manohara de Silva as well M.A.Sumanthiran instructed by Mohan Balendra and Sanjeeva Jayawardena instructed by G.G.Arulpragasam appeared for the petitioners. Attorney General Palitha Fernando with Senior State Counsel Nerin Pulle and State Counsel Suren Gnanadas appeared for the Attorney General. President's Counsel Faisz Musthapha instructed by Gowry Shangary Thavarasha appeared for the UGC.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka