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COLOMBO (News 1st); The 2021 GCE Ordinary Level examination is due to begin tomorrow (23), and is scheduled to run until June 1st.The exam, which was scheduled to be held last year, had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The number of candidates appearing for the examination this time is 517,496, and the Department of Examinations states that 407,129 are school candidates.3,844 centers have been set up for this year’s examination and 542 coordinating centers are operational.When are the candidates required to come to the examination hall?The Commissioner General of Examinations, L.M.D. Dharmasena appealed for students to go to the examination hall, earlier than usual in the morning.

He emphasized that those who travel in public transport as well as private vehicles must go earlier than usual.Pointing out that transport may be hampered due to the current fuel crisis, the Commissioner General requested for the candidates to aim to go early as 7:30 to examination centers.What if candidates get late to go to the examination hall?The Commissioner General of Examinations stated that according to the examination law, a half an hour grace period is usually permitted.However, considering the current crisis, special instructions have been issued to let no one be sent back home from the examination center. A WhatsApp group has also been created to contact us immediately if the children are late, he stated.What should the candidates do if they have not yet received the examination admission?Students who have not yet received the GCE Ordinary Level Admission can download it from the official website of the Department of Examinations, Commissioner General of Examinations L.M.D.

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COLOMBO (News 1st); The 2021 GCE Ordinary Level examination is due to begin tomorrow (23), and is scheduled to run until June 1st.The exam, which was scheduled to be held last year, had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The number of candidates appearing for the examination this time is 517,496, and the Department of Examinations states that 407,129 are school candidates.3,844 centers have been set up for this year’s examination and 542 coordinating centers are operational.When are the candidates required to come to the examination hall?The Commissioner General of Examinations, L.M.D. Dharmasena appealed for students to go to the examination hall, earlier than usual in the morning.
NOVOVORONTSOVKA, UKRAINE - MAY 06: Wheat lies piled in a grain warehouse earlier shelled by Russian forces on May 06, 2022 near the frontlines of Kherson Oblast in Novovorontsovka, Ukraine. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) NEW YORK - Global food insecurity has reached levels not seen since the financial crisis of 2008, and it’s only going to get worse without aggressive intervention, a food insecurity expert told the United Nations Security Council this week.Russia’s invasion of Ukraine "did not start a food security crisis," but it did add "fuel to a fire that was long burning," said Sara Menker, CEO of Gro Intelligence, a global company that uses artificial intelligence and public and private data to predict food supply trends."This isn’t cyclical.

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