KATHMANDU, June 11
The SLC pass percentage has dipped to a five-year low, with just a little more than 40 per cent of the total number of examinees passing the exams this year.
Only 41.57 per cent of the total number of examinees have made it through what is still called by many the Iron Gate, which is down by 6 percentage points compared to last year. In 2012, 47.16 percent of the examinees had passed the SLC exams.
Of the total of 403,936 students who appeared in this year´s SLC under the regular quota, only 167,935 succeeded, including 16,942 passing with distinction marks (above 80 per cent). While 76,165 students received first division marks, 69,830 received second division marks. Similarly, only 5,016 students passed with third division marks.
According to the Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE), which published the SLC results on Tuesday, 6,067 examinees dropped out of the exams while 60 examinees were expelled. Similarly, the results of 818 students have been withheld for various reasons. And the exams of 230 students have been cancelled as they submitted their exam forms from two different schools.
In 2011, 55.95 per cent of examinees had passed the SLC exams — down by 9 percentage points compared to the previous year. In 2010, 64. 95 per cent had passed. In 2009, the SLC pass percentage was 68.47, the highest since the new curriculum for grade 10 was introduced in 2000.
Since 2009, the SLC pass percentage has been slipping continuously, which education experts say is a result of the over-politicization of schools.
Most of the students have failed in Mathematics, English and Science, according to Exam Controller Khaga Raj Baral.
Meanwhile, 7.76 percent of the total number of 107,229 students who appeared in the SLC exams under the exempted quota have passed this year. Of them, 117 have managed to pass with first division marks.
The failure of nearly 60 per cent of students in this year´s SLC is a result of lack of responsibility on the part of the political leadership, say education experts.
“The bureaucrats responsible for providing quality education to students have political backing, which they use to get away with negligence,” says education expert Man Prasad Wagle. “Teachers are attending political seminars at a time when they are supposed to be in the classroom.”
“Let´s not forget that war leaves multiple impact and the poor performance of students in these crucial exams is part of this impact,” he mentioned, adding that the gap could have been filled if we had dedicated teachers at all schools in the rural areas.
Education Secretary Som Nath Subedi argued that regular protests and strikes affected the schools 644 times in the last academic year, and this has been reflected in the SLC success rate. Similarly, the examinations were also conducted in a more disciplined way compared to previous years, he claimed.
Exam Controller Baral defended the poor results, saying that increase and decrease in pass rates are also determined by the number of studious and less well prepared students appearing in a particular year.
Results leaked unofficially
Meanwhile, the OCE environment became tense during the day after the office itself leaked the SLC results to private contractors and individuals before announcing them officially.
For the first time in history, the SLC results have not been published in the print media. The results could be accessed at government website http://www.slcresult.soce.gov.np <http://www.slcresult.soce.gov.np>, soce.gov.np <http://www.soce.gov.np> , moe.gov.np, doe.gov.np and slc.ntc.net.np. Several other websites also posted the results. Likewise, telephone and SMS services have been provided to give out the results as quickly as possible.
Year Pass percent Total appeared Total Passed
2012 46.6 419049 197641
2011 55.5 397833 222568
2010 64.31 385221 250220
2009 68.47 342632 234602
|Source: Republica Daily|
Published on 2013-06-12 03:09:47
41.57 percent make it through SLC