The 2017 GCE Advanced Level Examination commences today.
The exam is scheduled to take place in 2,230 examination centres island-wide.
Speaking to NewsRadio, Examinations Commissioner-General WMNJ Pushpakumara said 315,237 candidates will sit for the 2017 GCE A/Level examination.
The Commissioner General said all necessary steps have been taken to hold the Advanced level examinations adding that 315,228 students are sitting the exam in 2,230 examination centres.
He said the department has a team of 27,000 staff members assigned to ensure the exam runs smoothly adding that in addition it has taken steps to allocate over 2,000 staff members for monitoring purposes on a provincial level.
The Commissioner General said it must be specially mentioned that the exam commences at 8:30 am and students are expected to be present at their examination centres at least by 8:00 in the morning adding that it is vital that the students bring their admission cards to confirm their subject, and medium in which it is done, and to check if the form has been signed.
The Commissioner General said students must pay attention to their time table, adding that the department requests this as certain students had arrived in the evening for a morning paper and if this happens it is a blow to the student.
He said students must bring their National Identity Card or a valid passport to confirm their identity if not they will face many issues at the examination hall.
The Examinations Commissioner-General said individuals who have not obtained prior permission are forbidden from entering examination centres during the period of the examination.
The Commissioner general said the usage of phones, tabs or any electronic device is completely prohibited adding that keeping notes, files, cheating and talking during the exam is prohibited.
He said the department will pay special attention to those who enter the premises of examination halls especially those who aren’t sitting for exams will not be allowed to enter adding that issues arose on previous occasions due to individuals entering examination halls without permission.
He said the department has completely banned the conduct of sports practices, meetings and other gathering in the premises where the examination hall is situated adding that residential teachers have also been banned from arriving at examination halls.
WMNJ Pushpakumara said a special unit has been established in the Department of Examinations to present complaints regarding examination irregularities.
The Commissioner General said there are numbers that can be contacted in order to lodge a complaint or request information pertaining to the Advanced Level Examination.
He said individuals can contact 191 or 011 278 4208, 011 278 4537, 011 318 8350 or 011 314 0314 round the clock.
He further noted if anyone wishes to lodge a complaint with the police they can do so on 119 or 011 242 1111.