Revision of the periods of holding O/L and A/L Examinations. In the future, G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) Examination will be held in August month and G. C. E. (Advanced Level) Examination will be held in December month, cabinet approve a proposal. The decision will be effective from year 2023. The aim of the revision is to speed the university admission process.

Revision of the periods of holding G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) and G. C. E. (Advanced Level) Examinations and rendering the opportunities for obtaining first degree Qualification within a minimum time frame via minimizing the time spent for selecting for the State Universities.

Due to the extended period spent for issuance of examination results for G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) and inauguration of G.C.E. (Advanced Level) classes as well as the time spent for the selection of students for the State Universities, the ages of students when they complete school education and completing the University education their ages are 19 – 20 and 25 – 26 years respectively as observed. The structural inconsistencies in these examination systems and the unnecessary administrative delays related to technical procedures have led to unnecessary delays in entering the employment market completing the higher education. This is apparent to have been a disadvantage to them personally and to the development of the country as a whole.

Therefore, the resolution tabled by the Minister of Education for taking actions as follows to prevent the above situation in the future has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

• Restructuring the syllabus of grades 10 and II for only 01 year and 09 months.

• Conducting both G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) and G. C. E. (Advanced Level) Examinations in the months of August and December respectively and issuance of their results within 03 months each so that the total period of 45 months at present can be reduced 32 months whereas providing required provisions for the same.

• Selection of students for the Universities based on the z score without waiting until the re – correction process G. C. E. (Advanced Level) Examination is concluded.

• If there are students whose results be upgraded across re – correction process, they should be awarded new marginal z scores so that they would be able to undergo the relevant degree courses and apply this methodology with effect from 2020 Advanced Level.