Secy to quit if hand in SLC ‘irregularities’ proven

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 21:

Chuman Singh Basnet, the secretary of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) today said that he would resign if he is found guilty with regard to alleged irregularities in the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination held recently. The MoES secretary holds the top position at the School Leaving Certificate board. The three-member investigation committee, formed to probe irregularities during the SLC examination, submitted its report to the Minister of Education and Sports, Radha Krishna Mainali, today. The committee was only able to point out the shortcomings of the examination system, said a source. Birendra Kumar Singh, the

former controller of examination during his farewell at the Office of Controller of Examination

yesterday had said that the secretary should be held responsible for any error in the publication of results.

Meanwhile, the National Service Council today submitted its 39-point charter of demands to the secretary to introduce “reforms” in the educational sector. The charter sought amendment to the concerned law which makes it mandatory for school and campus teachers to wear the national dress while taking classes. It also demanded transparency in the students’ enrollment procedure and wanted the Free Students’ Union members to be kept within limits. Meanwhile, another report said that the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) today started investigating the recently published results of the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination - 2061BS which declared Shuba Acharya as the topper among girls but a few days later, the Office of the Controller of Examination (OCE), announced Urmila Khulal’s as another topper. Responding to a complaint, the CIAA decided to probe the issue. According to a commissioner, there might be irregularities while announcing the topper’s name among girls because Urmila Khulal’s name comes first in Nepali alphabetic order than Subha Acharya’s, but the OCE announced Shuba’s name first.