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
Category Archives: SLC
KATHMANDU, March 13: The Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE), which has been under pressure to avoid errors in SLC exam question papers since the last few years, has introduced audio notice boards to amend such errors in the course of the examinations.
A total of 547,165 students are expected to appear in the SLC exams this year, which begin on Thursday.
OCE has set up a team of experts at its central office to check the question papers for errors as soon as the exams starts at all 1,786 exam centers across the country.
The team will unveil the question papers at 8 a.m. and keep updating the superintendants at the exam centers via audio notice boards from within half an hour of the exams commencing.
Exam Controller Khaga Raj Baral assured that students appearing in the exams this year would be relieved of question paper errors and will not have to feel exasperated while sitting in the examination halls.
The audio notice board is a special service that Nepal Telecom is providing to OCE to establish close communications between the OCE experts team at the central office and superintendents at all the exam centers, said Baral.
“Messages sent by the superintendents get recorded in our set and vice versa when one dials 1618016612146,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has decided to field monitoring teams led by joint secretaries in all 14 zones to regulate the examinations. According to MoE spokesperson Mahashram Sharma, the monitoring teams will be authorized to take final decisions about any problems seen at the exam centers.
“In order to hold the exams efficiently and in a peaceful environment, the teams will be responsible for finding immediate solutions to such problems in all the zones,” he said.
MoE Joint-Secretary Sharma has been deployed to monitor Mechi Zone during the exams. Similarly, Director General of the Department of Education (DoE) Lav Dev Awasthi will take charge in Bagmati Zone and DoE Director Tek Narayan Pandey in Gandaki Zone.
On the basis of provisions in the SLC regulations directive issued last year, as many as 344 students are expected to be disqualified for the SLC exams this year following their dual registration at two separate schools. Exam Controller Baral said that these students have been given till Wednesday to make corrections.
The 1,786 exam centers across the country will be supervised by an equal number of superintendents and 2,655 assistant superintendents. Similarly, 21,890 invigilators, 7,297 peons and 19,860 security personnel will be deployed to conduct the exams smoothly.
Students, teachers, guardians or anybody found violating the exam rules can face up to six months in jail or a Rs 100,000 fine or both as per the gravity of their offense. Likewise, students involved in flouting discipline during the examinations could be disqualified for a year.
Minister urges guardians to encourage students
Minister for Education Dina Nath Sharma has urged guardians to encourage the students but not put unnecessary pressure on them to achieve the best results in the exams.
Speaking at a program organized to inform the public about the government´s preparations for this year´s SLC exams, Sharma added that he was hopeful of better results this year as the government was much criticized for just 47.16 percent passes last year.
Defending last year´s poor SLC results, he said that only good students were able to make it through the iron-gate as the exams were conducted strictly.
The government has within a year addressed several complex issues concerning the SLC system, he claimed.
“A ban on guide and guess papers has conveyed a message to students that those who are able to present creative answers perform well in the exams,” he said.
|Source: Republica Daily|
Published on 2013-03-13 06:14:20
KATHMANDU, Feb 21
The Office of the Controller of Examinations has completed all preparations for this year´s SLC examinations slated to be held from March 13 to 23. Total 5,47,165 students are expected to appear in the exam, out of which 4,30,097 are said to be regulars and 1,17,068 exempted.
The office has set up 1,786 exam centers across the country that will be supervised by an equal number of superintendents and 2,655 assistant superintendents.
Similarly, 21,890 invigilators, 7,297 peons and 19,860 security personnel would be deployed to conduct the exams successfully, said Examinations Controller Khaga Raj Baral, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday.
“So far, the question papers have reached 69 of the 75 district police offices across the country,” Baral said. “The remaining six districts, including the three inside the Kathmandu Valley, will receive the question papers in a few days.”
While Kathmandu district has the highest 86 exam centers, Manang and Mustang districts have one center each.
This year, the number of students appearing in the exams would exceed by 18,908 to the last year´s 528,257.
However, the number might decline slightly after the office receives final report from all the district administration offices across the country.
Meanwhile, the officials have said accessing individual answer-sheets would be easier this year. According to the Deputy Exam Controller Ganesh Dhakal, students can ask for their answer-sheets by submitting an application and their original admit card within 35 days of the announcement of the SLC result.
“The process has been simplified mainly to benefit the students from far-flung areas who had to suffer due to long process in the past,” said Dhakal.
To check the irregularities during the examinations, the government has been acting tougher since the last few years.
Students, teachers, guardians or anybody found violating the exam rules would face up to six months jail term or Rs 100,000 fine or both as per the nature of their offense. Likewise, the students involved in flouting discipline during the examinations would be disqualified for a year.
|Source: Repubica Daily|
Published on 2013-02-21 05:03:09