Govt. agrees to raise paper marking allowance to address shortage of personnelView(s):
The shortage of 4,000 teachers and 1,300 university academics has caused the delay in GCE Advanced Level examination paper marking, and could lead to delays in other examinations to be held this year, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said.
“Usually over 350 professors and senior lecturers participate in sample evaluations and drafting marking scheme. This time it couldn’t be done on time for the main subjects due to university academics not participating,” the Minister told Parliament this week.
He said the Ministry Secretary will inform the University Grants Commission of the decision to double the pay offered to university academics involved in paper marking panels.
“We need professors, senior lecturers and lecturers to head paper marking panels. Delays in paper marking could lead to delays in this year’s GCE A/L and O/L examinations,” he said.
“The Cabinet has approved the increase of the daily allowance for teachers from Rs 900 to Rs 2,000. I met representatives of leading teacher unions to emphasise that this is the maximum we can increase,” the Minister said.
The A/L examination concluded on February 17. Paper marking was scheduled to start on February 22, but was postponed indefinitely due to the shortage of teachers and university academics for marking. Teachers’ unions demanded their paper marking daily allowance be increased to Rs 3,000. -NF
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