The success story
Recognising excellence in A/L 2008 Examination:
Knowledge is the precious gift of a human being. It does not matter
in what field one excelled in, but how effective could the knowledge of
that person could be used so that the country will be rewarded in turn.
In that sense, students who received the highest marks in G.C.E A/L
2008, should also be appreciated for their performance at the
Kaween Weerasinghe of Royal College, Colombo received the highest
marks in the stream of Bio-science. He lives in Bokundara, Piliyandala.
He received his primary education from Grade 1-5 at Thurstan College and
passed the Grade 5 scholarship examination with 173 marks.
Thereafter, he attended Royal College, Colombo where he received
highest grades in his G.C.E (O/L) examination with distinctions and
continued studies in Bio-science.
“I followed Biology, Chemistry and Physics for the exam and received
z-score of 3.0614. I am really happy to reach the goal my father had
been dreaming of.” His father, P.D.G. Weerasinghe, who was a surveyor
had died three months ago at the bomb blast in Verahera, Boralesgamuwa.
His mother, Naali Hemamala and brother, Lolitha Weerasinghe who is
studying Software Engineering at Informatics Institute of Technology had
been very cooperative in every possible way for what he had achieved,
especially keeping the surrounding silent.
Tharindu Salinda Bandara Adikari, in Hasalaka is another brilliant
student in the field of Mathematics who has scored a z-score of 3.2512
at the A/L examination.
He not only had made his family proud but also his school. He
received his primary education from Gamini Dissanayake Model School,
Pallewatta and passed his scholarship examination and later on attended
Mahiyangana National College from where the foundation to his success
Tharindu elaborated, “My School, Bandarawela Central College was my
path to success.
I did Combined Maths, Physics and Chemistry. I am very much satisfied
with my results. My father, Sugath Saliya Adikari is an instructor in
Sinhala and mother, Lalitha Kumari, is the Vice principal of Ranasinghe
Premadasa National School.
They could not support me with their knowledge but managed to get me
study material, including books and past papers from other provinces. My
sister, Wasana is a student at Nursing School, Kandy.”
“I owe my heart-felt gratitude to the four teachers who taught me and
my friend, Sajith Ruwantha Senevirathna and his family where I had
resided. I did my studies on a daily basis and studied books especially
those written by professors for A/L examination. If one aims at a
particular goal and works towards that, there would not be any
difficulty to reach the goal.” he said.
A long line of hurdles Kasun had to jump over, a smile of relief
appears on his face.
Kasun Goonawardena, is a courageous student who came island’s first
in Commerce stream. Kasun who was a student of Ibbagamuwa Central
College, received his primary education from Dagama Primary School and
Kumbukwewa Maha Vidyalaya. His z-score is 2.6314 marks and is immensely
delighted about his achievement.
“I lost my father when I was small from then onwards my mother,
Samanthilaka Chandrasekara was the one who supported me. My brother,
Indika Goonawardana is a third year student in the University of
Kelaniya and gave me courage to reach my goal. As a student I was a
cadet and took part in athletics.
I have held prefectship in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Many teachers in my
school, relatives and friends have helped me to be what I have achieved
today. I have kept my goal to be a Chartered Accountant.
If I am to be honest, I did not work according to a timetable. But I
did everything I have to do on a daily basis and my brother’s notes
became very useful.” Kasun, said.
Despite the terror that engulfed the remote tiny village Kinniya in
the Trincomalee area Jainulabdeen Fahima who is a student from Kinniya
Girls’ School was able to score the highest marks in the arts stream at
the GCE A/L examination of 2008.
Jainulabdeen Fahima’s z-score is 2.390 marks and this is the highest
in the arts stream in the Island.
Despite her father’s demise when she was at grade 7, Fahima made it a
point to do her best in her studies and make her family proud of her
“My father Jainulabdeen was a teacher and remained a tower of
strength in my studies until his death. I lost him when I was at Grade
However the encouragement and the advice he gave me when he was
living had helped me in a big way in continuing with my studies. I was
determined that I should do well in all examinations that I sat. So even
at the last year’s GCE A/L examination I focused on scoring the best
My subjects were Geography, Economics and Political Science and I am
very happy to see that I have scored A in all my three subjects getting
the highest marks in the arts stream in the Island” Fahima said.
Elaborating further on her efforts she said that apart from her
classroom work she allocated more time for her studies at home.
Her mother was right behind her giving all the necessary support to
prepare for her examination.
“I look forward to enter the university and my intention is to excel
academically and becoming a Professor. I believe that I could fulfil my
father’s expectation by enhancing further my studies,” determined Fahima
Kinniya is a very small village in the Trincomalee district. Until
recently the village was engulfed with LTTE terrorist menace. However it
was with the military operations carried out last year to defeat the
LTTE in the Eastern Province Kinniya also was liberated from the violent
grip of the LTTE.
The performance of Fahima Jainulabdeen at her A/L examination has
proved how the innocent civilians in the region living in peace, wished
for peace to meet their ends.