Sri Lanka refugee community students to sit for G.C.E. O/L exam in Chennai
Chennai, 08 December, (Asiantribune.com): The Sri Lankan G. C. E. Ordinary Level Examination for displaced Sri Lankan students from the refugee community in Tamil Nadu, will be held in Chennai from 10th to 20th December, 2007 with the assistance of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
This examination, which is conducted by the Department of Examinations of Sri Lanka for the second consecutive year in Chennai, which is the only foreign city to hold this examination so far, was the result of a directive by Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, following an initiative by Mr. P. M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Chennai and Mr. S. C. Chandrahasan, Treasurer, Organisation for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) to hold this examination for the benefit of displaced Sri Lankan students living in Tamil Nadu.
The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai, which is the focal point for this endeavour, organised a ceremony to hand over the admission cards (hall tickets) to the 105 candidates who have applied to sit this examination. They are among the 529,120 students appearing for this examination this year from all parts of Sri Lanka.
Welcoming the gathering, Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Amza, in his speech said that the idea to hold this examination in Chennai came up during a discussion with Mr. S. C. Chandrahasan of OfERR, during the observances of the International Peace Day on 21st September 2006, which were held at the premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. He added that it became a reality the same year due to the prompt directive of the President of Sri Lanka to hold this examination overseas for the first time in December 2006. He pointed out that the Government of Sri Lanka was keen to hold this examination in Chennai as part of its commitment towards its displaced nationals who were living in Tamil Nadu due to circumstances beyond their control.
The Deputy High Commissioner stated that holding this examination was a step towards peace building and pointed out that the Government’s efforts to grant citizenship to over 28,500 persons living in Indian refugee camps, was already before the Parliamentary Select Committee. The Deputy High Commissioner also acknowledged the role played by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Nation Building and the Department of Examinations in Sri Lanka for their efforts in making this venture possible. He also expressed his gratitude to the cooperation extended by the Department of School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.
Mr. S. C. Chandrahasan, of OfERR in his address stated that the initiative taken by the Deputy High Commission and OfERR in 2006 to hold the G. C. E. O/Level examination in Chennai had been successful and that he was pleased to note that this examination has progressed to its second consecutive year.
Mr. Chandrahasan also stated that this effort was part of the peace-building exercise and has received the support and encouragement of all concerned including President Rajapaksa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, and the Tamil Nadu authorities, including the assistance rendered by Mr. M. Kutralingham, Secretary, School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu and Mr. R Karpoorasundarapandian, the Special Commissioner for Rehabilitation, in making this a reality. He also added that the displaced students and other members of the refugee community were all keen to return to Sri Lanka at the dawn of peace to contribute towards the development and welfare of their country.
The Chief Guest for the occasion, Mr. M. Kutralingham, Secretary, School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu stated that the Government of Tamil Nadu has extended all possible support to conduct this examination in Chennai for the students appearing for this examination, including providing a Centre and supervisors. He said the Government of Tamil Nadu was happy to extend its support to the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in this commendable endeavour. He also added that the Government of Tamil Nadu was committed in continuing its assistance to meet and fulfil the educational needs of the students from the Sri Lanka refugee community in Tamil Nadu.
The occasion which was also graced by the presence of Mr. A. Sivalingam, Deputy Commissioner and Mr. K. P. Munagama, Assistant Commissioner from the Department of Examinations of Sri Lanka, and Mr. G. J. Manoharan, Headmaster & Correspondent, Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, concluded with the presentation of Admission Cards (hall tickets) to the students.
- Asian Tribune -