Deadlock over paper marking continues; O/L, A/L students left in the lurchView(s):
The Education Ministry is in discussions with a section of lecturers at universities in order to commence the marking of GCE (A/L) examination answer scripts, which are already delayed by three weeks.
The Education Times learns that the Ministry has approached lecturers who are willing to get involved in marking of answer scripts, while the Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA)-backed members continue refusing to get involved.
“We have to start marking answer scripts at some point as students have already been affected,” a senior official said. He said that due to the delay, they have already been forced to consider rescheduling other examinations such as the GCE O/L exam examination.
The GCE O/L examination, which is usually held in December, was fixed for May as the A/L examination was delayed from August last year to last month.
The official said that due to the delay in university admissions some students have been leaving the country.
The Education Ministry has already decided to increase the allowances of those involved in paper marking. The payment for the Controlling Chief has been increased from Rs 14,500 to Rs 25,000 and would be tax exempt. Payments for other grades have been increased too.
For teachers involved in paper marking, the payment per day has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000.
So far only 12,000 teachers have applied for paper marking while another 3,000 more were required. About 5,000 lecturers are needed for the process.
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