Incident-free start for SLC exams

Kathmandu, March 25:

The School Leaving Certificate Examination-2065 kicked off today throughout the country, except in Humla, in a peaceful environment. The students gave the exam of English subject.

Birendra Kumar Jha, controller of examinations, told The Himalayan Times that except examination was held peacefully through out the country except in Humla headquarters.

He said, “The exam was delayed for around two hours in Humla headquarters due to dispute among invigilators.”

Two expatriate students from Korea and Pakistan also appeared in the examination.

Similarly twenty-five detainees from central jail also appeared in the examination.

Jha said, “The number of open schools has increased largely this year, leading to a rise in the number of SLC examinees.” A total of 422,884 students — 357,472 regular and 65,412 exempted — exempted from across the country are appearing in the exams this year. The OCE has set up 1,403 examination centers to conduct SLC.

Jha said that different set of question papers were distributed to exempted and regular students this year.

In Rolpa, examinees in Holeri centre locked exam superintendent in a room, accusing him of torturing them unnecessarily in the name of checking before the examination.

The exams also started late in the centre. The students locked after superintendent in a room after question papers for regular students were handed to exempted students. The students also said they couldn’t perform well in the exam due to poor management in the exam centre. They have also demanded re-exam of the English subject.

According to District Education Office Rolpa, superintendent Madhusudan Pokharel sustained minor injury in the incident. Students also vandalised some furniture.

Pokharel said the students protested after he tried to strictly prohibit cheating in the exam. Exam in the other centres of the district were held peacefully.

In Bhojpur, a lactating mother of eight days appeared in the exam at Jana Sewa Lower Secondary centre. A resident of Hailauchha VDC 3, Padma Kumari Tamang appeared in the exam as a regular student. She is a student of Kalika High School, Hailauchha. While she was appearing in the exam, her husband Raj Kumar Tamang was seen taking care of the baby on the exam centre premise.