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Chief Justice Shirani A.Bandaranayake with Justices N.G. Amaratunga and K. Sripavan agreeing also ordered the UGC to take steps to re-issue the Z-Scores to the candidates who sat the 2011 GCE A/L Examination after correcting the errors and shortcomings and to do so without delay.
The Court said it was not within the purview of this application to correct the validity of the results that had been released with regard to the 2011 GCE A/L examination and in the absence of any valid material the Court would not interfere with the results of this exam.
It said that because the UGC had treated the two categories of students who sat the examination under a single section the UGC had violated the petitioners’ fundamental rights to equality and equal protection of the law.
Sixteen GCE A/L students and the Ceylon Teachers’ Union filed the fundamental rights violation petition citing Examinations Chief W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardene, Peradeniya University Professor R.O. Thattil and the Attorney General as respondents.