Special schools should be opened for orientation training and vocational training, with priority and incentives given to the SLC candidates securing lower grades

It appears that a large number of students who perform poorly in the School Leaving Certificates will be deprived of being enrolled for study in Grade XI.

So far a five member task force of the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) is of the view that only those securing at least C+ will be able to take science and only those securing at least D Plus grade will be allowed to pursue other less difficult subjects.

A final decision needs to be taken immediately by the HSEB board chaired by the education minster because publication of the SLC results are expected this week.

Besides, it has been decided by the CTEVT that only those SLC candidates who secure C grade at least in English, Mathematics and Science qualify to enroll in its technical and vocational education courses.

Then what would the tens of thousands of students who get D or E grades do? As the education ministry has done away with the system of ‘Fail’ tag, it should also provide a solution to the problem.

However, it has been rightly decided that the students who score D or E grade in the SLC exams will be given a second chance to take the SLC examination so that they may improve their grades and be able to enroll in class XI.

What if they fail to improve in the second attempt? They should be allowed more chances to improve their grades because their scores are practically equivalent to ‘Fail’ rank from the point of the previous system.

If we look at the past only less than 50 per cent of the students who appeared for the SLC examination pass.

Therefore, in all likelihood the percentage of the examinees scoring less than C grade will be high. Almost certainly, those who achieve lower grades will not be able to study Science and Mathematics.

So it would be only a pious wish to say that they should be allowed to pursue Class IX studies in those subjects. Those securing E grade, i.e. less than 20 percent marks, are unlikely to earn their livelihood by pursuing higher education, and those securing D are slightly more likely to do so.

Now programmes and choices should immediately be available for the students who score such lower grades that they will not be able to pursue Class IX studies. However it is logical to determine criteria for students to get admission to Grade XI and this should be set before the SLC results.

The amended education act is expected to come into immediate effect and at the same time a new curriculum will be made for the secondary level. Still a new evaluation system would see revision in the larger interest of the students and guardians.

Special schools should be opened for orientation training and vocational training, with priority and incentives given to the SLC candidates securing lower grades. They should not be expected to pursue academic courses.

However, those who want to appear in the SLC or Class Ten examination more than twice to improve their grades should be allowed to do so.

But from next year, things will be more clear because Class X examination will be held at regional level, like Class 8 examination is held at district level.

But the authorities should clarify everything wisely without losing any time.

Illegal act

The Narayani Lift Irrigation Project has been encroached upon at several places but the concerned authorities have not been able to control it due to local resistance.

The locals have built roads or bridges along and over the canal of the project without taking prior permission from the officials responsible for the management of the irrigation canal.

A report has revealed that over one dozen bridges have been constructed within one kilometer of the canal within Bharatpur Municipality.

Such illegally constructed structures often block the flow of water.

The project officials have promised to demolish such illegal structures. But no action has been taken so far.

The local administration needs to cooperate with the concerned agency to ensure that no illegal physical structures are built along and over the canal that irrigates thousands of hectares of land in Chitwan district.

The government has allocated Rs. 850 million for the upgradation of the canal for the fiscal year 2016/17. The district administration office must not show any mercy to take action against those encroaching upon the land of the canal which lifts water from the Narayani River for irrigation purposes.

It would be meaningless to invest millions of rupees in the project if illegal activities continue unabated.