Experts fret over poor SLC results

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 14:

Concerns are raised over poor performance in SLC each year and yet another poor performance this year has disappointed experts. Educationists today said regular strikes in schools, lack of screening in the sent-up examination and instability in the country were the major factors behind the high failure rate in SLC. Kedar Bhakta Mathema, team leader of SLC Study Group, said the major reason behind the poor results was the lack of screening in the sent-up examination. Better performance by the private school was due to the fact that private school students get 13 years of education while public school students get only 10 years of schooling. Prof Dr Min Bahadur Bista said the inconsistency in SLC results shows that our education system is sick and the instruments used in measuring the students’ performance were not reliable and valid.

Speaking at a programme organised to felicitate this year’s SLC toppers, Umesh Shrestha, president of Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal, said the public schools were badly hit by conflict. He said most of the schools in the hilly regions were closed even though two months of the new academic session have already passed. Professor Dr Mana Prasad Wagley said the education system has become defunct. Geeta Rana, principal of the Galaxy Public School, said giving grace marks was not bad depending upon the circumstances. Laba Prasad Tripathee, spokesperson for the Education Ministry, said the ministry was very concerned over the poor performance in SLC.