SLC passouts in a dilemma

KATHMANDU: Many SLC graduates who are waiting to be admitted to the Proficiency Certificate Level in Tribhuvan University-affiliated colleges are in a dilemma, as there are no admission openings in such colleges. Though the TU has already decided to phase out the PCL, the government is yet to take a decision on it.

Sita Ram Ghimire, an SLC passout from Dolakha, who arrived in Kathmandu with a dream to study in a government college and support his family by working, is worried, as there are no signs of new admissions in any such college. He said, "I am worried about my future because I cannot afford private Plus Two colleges and there are no admission openings in government colleges." He said many of the Plus Two colleges in the valley had already stopped admissions and would soon start the new academic session. He expressed concern about students like him being left behind in their studies.

The academic council of TU had already decided to phase out the PCL starting this year. But at the same time, different student wings affiliated to different political parties are demanding the continuation of the PCL at any cost. Meanwhile, Ministry of Education has formed a five-member committee under the coordination of Dr Labdev Awasti, joint secretary at MoE, to study the issue.