Nepal | July 18, 2019

Ministry of Education recalls OCE controller Regmi after probe report

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 2

Acting on the report submitted by an investigation  committee constituted by the government to probe into technical errors  in the results of Secondary Education Examinations (grade X final examinations), the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has taken action against examinations controller Ambika Prasad Regmi at the Office of the Controller of Examinations.

Regmi has been called back to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on deputation, indicating departmental action.

Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel took this decision soon after the investigation committee submitted its report to the ministry yesterday.

Executive Director at the Curriculum Development Center, Krishna Prasad Kapri, has been designated as Controller of Examinations until further arrangement, the ministry stated.

The ministry, on June 25, had constituted a three-member investigation committee headed by administrative officer Tulasi Prasad Thapaliya with the Teachers Service Commission to investigate the technical errors seen in SEE results which the Office of the Controller of Examinations published on June 23.

“We submitted the report to the Education Minister within five days. We reported exactly what had happened during publication of SEE result,” said Tulsli Thapaliya, coordinator of the probe committee. Talking to The Himalayan Times, he said, “Our responsibility is just to investigate and present the report, so we did. But we can’t speak about the report.”

“Internal discussion within the ministry has been carried out. The controller was responsible for the error in the result so he was deputed to the ministry. Now we are more focused on improving the SEE examination, software uses and utilisation of human resources,” said Minister for Education science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel. He also said, “Substitute examination are still to be conducted and managed so the ministry has been trying to resolve these issues within it.

The ministry was not specifically clear whether the action of recalling Regmi to the ministry was departmental action against him or only transfer.

The ministry has also not yet made the report public and it is not known whether other employees at the OCE above or below the rank of the examinations controller will face action as well.


A version of this article appears in print on July 03, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


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