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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2769

105 Sri Lanka students will sit for G.C.E Ordinary Level Examination in Chennai

Chennai, 04 December, (Asiantribune.com): The G.C.E. Ordinary level examination is to be held in Chennai from 10th December to the 20th of December, 2007, with the assistance of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

This year 105 students from the Sri Lankan refugee community will appear for this examination in Chennai. They will be among the 529,120 students appearing for this examination in Sri Lanka from all parts of the country.

The G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination was for the first time held in Chennai in December 2006, for the benefit of displaced Sri Lankan students, who have been arriving in Tamil Nadu as refugees. A total of 98 students sat for the examination last year.

in 2006 which was the first time this examination was held abroad, following the directive of the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse. In an unprecedented move, the President not only granted approval for the examination to be held abroad, but also issued a special message to the students prior to the examinations, wishing them all success.

Given below the text of Press release issued by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai, Tamil Nadu:

The Department of Examinations of Sri Lanka, on the instructions of the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse ill hold the G. C. E. Ordinary Level Examination to be held abroad for the second time in Chennai from 10th December to the 20th of December, 2007 with the assistance of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

The examination which is held for the benefit of displaced Sri Lankan students, who have been arriving in Tamil Nadu as refugees from January 2006, was held in 2006 which was the first time this examination was held abroad, following the directive of the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse.

In an unprecedented move, the President not only granted approval for the examination to be held abroad, but also issued a special message to the students prior to the examinations, wishing them all success.

The idea to conduct this examination in Chennai, which is crucial for the future of all Sri Lankan students to either continue their education or to seek employment, was first mooted on 21st September 2006 during an interaction between Mr. P. M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India and Mr. S. C. Chandrahasan, Treasurer, Organisation for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), during the observances of the International Peace Day, held at the premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai.

The examination which was held successfully in 2006 with 98 students, triggered another request from the Sri Lankan refugee community in Tamil Nadu and by OfERR for the examination to be held again in 2007 in order to allow new students and a few students who were unable to complete the examination last year, to sit for this examination in 2007 in Chennai. This year 105 students from the Sri Lankan refugee community will appear for this examination in Chennai. They will be among the 529,120 students appearing for this examination in Sri Lanka from all parts of the country.

The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Nation Building and the Department of Examinations in Sri Lanka and the Ministry of School Education in Tamil Nadu have all played an important part in making the holding of this examination possible in Chennai, for the second consecutive year.

- Asian Tribune -

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