GCE A/L chemistry Paper leaked befor the Exam
News article appeared in Daily Mirror date 20th August 2017
A/L Chemistry paper leaked?
A special investigation had been launched into an alleged incident of leaking of the G.C.E A/L Chemistry question paper prior to the exam, the Examinations Department said.
Examination Commissioner General W. M. N. J. Pushpakumara said that the department had been reported of an incident, in which a private tutor distributed leaflets stating some of the questions in the A/L were discussed in his seminars, before the exam.
It was reported that the leaflets were distributed in front of the Rathnavali Balika Vidyalaya at Gampaha by the tutor’s representatives had also asked the students to evaluate the similarities with the exam paper and the seminar tutorial.
Mr. Pushpakumara said the Department had already lodged a complaint to the Police over the incident and investigating the matter whether Chemistry Paper leaked before the A/L examination.
Meanwhile, the Ceylon Teacher’s Union (CTU) also charged that it suspected the Part 2 of the A/L Chemistry Question paper had been out before the exam began.
CTU General Secretary Joseph Stalin said that there was a shortage of papers of Part 2 on Saturday (19) at the Padavi Parakramapura examination centre No 1407.
Mr. Stalin said the CTU had also lodged a complaint to the Commissioner General of Examinations and the department should immediately probe into the matter.
“We suspect the paper was out before the examination. The Examination Department should probe the matter and find the responsible. This should not inconvenience the students and justice should be served,” he said.
He said a similar incident was reported in 2012, in which another private tutor had given O/L examination science stream paper before the exam, however the Examination Department failed to take stern action against the suspect. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
News article appeared in Daily News Monday 21, August 2017 – 01:00
Probe into GCE A/L Chemistry paper leak
A leaflet said to have been distributed by a private tuition master outside an A/L exam centre at a leading School in Gampaha. A leaflet said to have been distributed by a private tuition master outside an A/L exam centre at a leading School in Gampaha.
The Police have launched an investigation into the distribution of a handout near a leading school in Gampaha which contained several questions that appeared in the exact form as in the second Chemistry question paper in the GCE Advanced Level examination.
The handouts are said to have been distributed by a person claiming to be a private tuition teacher conducting classes for AL Chemistry students.
The handouts had been distributed when the students were leaving the examination centers in the school after sitting for the second chemistry question paper on Saturday.
Following the incident parents of several students had taken steps to inform the Police and the Department of the examination about the incident.
Gampaha Division Police SP Muditha Pussella when inquired said that a probe has been launched following the complaint made by the parents.
Meanwhile, Ceylon Teachers’ Services Union General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said that if the said person had distributed a handout with the exact questions as in the Chemistry paper soon after the exam was over, he must have had prior knowledge about the questions.
He also said that authorities should conduct a comprehensive probe as the matter was highly sensitive and serious one. Meanwhile,reports said that the Department of Examinations too has launched a separate probe on the incident and Examinations Commissioner has also submitted a complaint to the Inspector General of Police in this connection.
The handout containing several questions that appeared in the exact form as in the second Chemistry question paper in the GCE Advanced Level examination.
ITN News Network Article Published on 21, August 2017
Police inquiries reveal that the AL Chemistry paper has not been out before the examination
Initial investigations have revealed that the questions mentioned in the leaflet depicting questions from the second part of the Chemistry paper had not been leaked before the commencement of the Examination.
As such Commissioner General of Examinations W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara said that there is no issue with respect to the reliability of the examination. Issuing a special statement, the Education Ministry also said that it has embarked on an internal inquiry with regard to the matter.
An Assistant Examinations Commissioner had lodged a complain on the 19th of this month with respect to an incident on the distribution of a leaflet containing questions of the second part of the Chemistry paper of the Advanced Level Examination opposite a Girls School in the Gampaha area. The Gampaha Police launched an investigation with regard to the complaint and they have taken two suspicious persons into custody.
Commissioner General of Examinations W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara said the preliminary investigations have disclosed that the second paper of the Chemistry question paper which was cited in the leaflet had not been out before the examination commenced.
Therefore the Examinations Commissioner General mentioned that there is no issue with regard to the reliability of the examination.