KATHMANDU: Teach For Nepal (TFN) on Sunday said that 73 per cent students from its inaugural cohort’s classroom across the public schools in Lalitpur district passed the School Leaving Certificate exams this year. TFN is a movement of outstanding university graduates and young professionals who are committed to ending education inequity in Nepal, starting with two years of fellowship teaching in public schools. A press statement issued by TFN said it was the first time students taught by TFN fellows had appeared in SLC exams. “We are proud of the result our students and fellows have achieved,” said Shisir Khanal, CEO, TFN, in the statement. “This result validates TFN’s model, which recruits outstanding university graduates and places them in public schools as full time teachers,” he added. The statement said that not only the pass percentage improved in TFN Fellows’ schools but also the number of students securing distinction and first division has significantly increased. It said that only 82 students from TFN Fellows’ schools in Lalitpur had secured distinction or first division last year while the number has increased to 150 this year. According to the statement, 86 Fellows are currently teaching in 32 schools in Lalitpur, Sindhupalchowk and Dhanusha districts, reaching out to about 6,000 students with an objective to strengthen quality of public schools and end education inequity in Nepal.