456,719 to sit for SLC exams that start tomorrow

KATHMANDU; The nationwide school-end examination starts on Thursday with 456,719 students taking the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exams.

Of them, 412,592 are appearing as regular candidates, while 44,127 examinees are exempted. The regular lot comprises 9,969 private candidates and 5,243 ones enrolled in some 42 open schools. Open school students are not required to pass the pre-qualifying send-up examinations.

According to Dilli Luintel, deputy controller, Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE), all the preparations such as delegating exam centre superintendents, managing supporting officials, sending question papers and answer books have been over. “Security of 1,548 exam centres in all the districts has also been arranged,” he said.

The superintendents are as many as the exam centres while assistant superintendents are 2,198 in number since a centre having more than 300 examinees gets two assistant chiefs.

At least 10 security personnel have been deployed in each centre while their total strength nationwide is 15,480.

A contingent of 43,591 personnel is taking care of the yearly event.

The government has decided to deploy high-level monitoring teams led by its joint secretaries. Security agencies, including the Nepali Army, have been decided to be deployed for the success of the event.

The OCE earlier cancelled the exam forms of 15 Makawanpur school students who had forwarded documents to appear the exam as those studying in Bara district.

Luintel said the regulatory body was scrutinising the forms of three Sindhuli students over alleged charges of not being qualified to take the exam.

Some 412,321 candidates filled exam forms last year. Of them 342,632 appeared for the exam in 1,550 centres. With the highest ever pass percentage of 68.47 in the history of the exam, 234,602 got through it as regulars. As many as 21,887 exempted candidates had crossed the iron gate.

In the supplementary exams held later, 66,543 students (71.41 per cent) had got through.

NHRC to monitor test

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said it will monitor the SLC exams. In a statement on Tuesday, the rights watchdog said it has instructed all its regional and sub-regional offices to see whether the children’s right to education and to take exam in a fearless atmosphere was ensured. In its checking in Banke, Bardia, Surkhet and Jumla districts last year, the NHRC found that the children were denied opportunity to take the exam in a fearless situation. It had found that in remote districts such as Mugu, Dolpa and Kalikot the students had not got textbooks until the day before the exam.