half qualify for A/L
Much improvement in maths, English
By Vidushi Seneviratne
Less than half the candidates who sat the 2004 GCE
O/L exam have qualified for the A/Ls, with 342,068 candidates sitting
the exam and 134,906 qualifying, making the pass rate 39.4%.
Commissioner General W.A. Mahinda Wijayasiri said there has been
an improvement in the performance of mathematics and English, compared
to last year. "The pass rate for mathematics last year was
42.1%, but this year it has risen to 45.4%. We see an improvement
in English as well, with last year's pass rate being 34.1%, and
this year's being 47.1%," he said.
the total number of students sitting the exam, almost 21.4% passed
eight subjects, while 35% passed six or more, including language
and mathematics. The basic A/L qualification is a Credit pass in
the subject chosen. While the eight basic subjects for the O/L exam
are language, mathematics, science, social studies, religion, English,
asesthetic studies and technical subjects, students can also sit
two additional subjects.
three students with the best results in the island were from the
Colombo district. They were from Gothami Balika Maha Vidyalaya,
Nalanda Vidyalaya and Royal College. The rest of the top ten students
were from St. Anthony's Balika Vidyalaya and Girls' High School,
Kandy, Govt. Science Vidyalaya, Matale, Sri Sumangala Boys’
Vidyalaya, Devi Balika M.V., Royal College, Dharmaraja Vidyalaya,
Kandy, Rahula Vidyalaya, Matara and Mahinda Vidyalaya, Galle.
student with the best results said an early start in the studying
process was the key to her success. "When studying in Grade
10, I made a timetable and tried my best to follow it. I kept doing
past papers relevant to whatever I had studied," said Thanuja
Wickramaarachchi of Gothami Balika MV.
a liking for education and don't consider it a burden. Get involved
in whatever you are talented in, simultaneously with studies,"
was her message to future O/L candidates. "I studied systematically
from Grade 10 onwards and kept doing past papers from other schools.
I used to study about five hours a day and tried my best to do my
daily work," said Ravin Jayatilaka of Nalanda College, who
was ranked second. "Apart from the basic subjects, I sat geography
and health science as my additional subjects and I did get help
in maths, science, English and Sinhala. I plan to do bio science
at the A/L," he said.
usually tried to keep my mind light and so used to take breaks and
play computer games or do something entertaining. I normally studied
in the morning for about two or three hours," said Charith
Mendis of Royal College who was ranked third. "While in Grade
10, I studied the Grade 11 syllabuses, and by the time I was in
Grade 11, I had time to do past papers," he said.