By Gagani Weerakoon & Aisha Nazim
A three-member expert committee has been appointed by the Higher Education Ministry to guide the University Grants Commission (UGC) on how to implement Supreme Court directives on the Z-score calculation.
“The UGC is working expeditiously to implement the Court’s directive. I can assure that university admissions will begin without delay once this matter is sorted out,” the Minister said in response to a statement made by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.
The Supreme Court ruling last week directed that the Z-score be calculated separately for students who sat for the old and new Advanced Level syllabi exams in 2011. The Opposition Leader in his statement welcomed the Supreme Court ruling.
“The ruling given by the Supreme Court for rectifying the injustice caused to the children though separate Z-score calculations for the two syllabi should be appreciated. It has opened an opportunity to rectify the injustices caused by the government, ministers, and those who are responsible,” he said.
He noted that now another group of students are facing injustices owing to the conceited and baseless measures followed by the government and ministers, i.e. the students who qualified for admission to the universities through these erroneous Z-score calculations.
He requested the government take immediate action for the introduction of measures which will cause no injustice to any students who have been selected for admission to university, as a result of the erroneous score.