The Ministry of Education reversed its decision and will now permit members of the Past Pupils Associations of government schools to sit in as panelists for all categories of interviews that is scheduled to take place for the intake of year one admissions for year 2017.
A circular issued earlier by the Education Ministry bearing number 17/2016 on the 16th of June 2016, prohibited members of the Past Pupils Associations from sitting in as panelists for interviews, especially where children were to be interviewed for categories such as is Chief Occupant’s Category, Brother’s Category, Transfer Category, Education Category and International Category.
However that issued circular permitted the Past Pupils Association members to sit in only as interview panelists for the category where the “Past Pupils’ children” were being interviewed.
Despite Colombo Telegraph carrying this story exclusively on the 3rd of July 2016, the reversal of this change was reported by many of the Colombo print media as of yesterday. However the amendment to the Education Ministry’s circular pertaining to this reversal is yet to be officially seen, even on their website. (Janaka Ranaweera © Colombo Telegraph)