KATHMANDU, June 18: After the news of the sixth amendment to the Education Regulations-2011 was announced, students were probably jubilant.
The sent-up exams were no longer the dreaded pit a student had to fly past before the SLC exams. But now after the SLC results have been declared, many people are not happy with the turn up rate.
With the elimination of the sent-up exams, shouldn’t there have been more eager students? What was the cause? Was it the absence of the sent-up exams?
Many people share their opinion in our Facebook page. Maniche Dahal states his agreement in a word, “Yes.”
In the same vein, Rosan Nepal further explains, “In my opinion, not only was it a reason but a major one. I was teaching in a government school at that time and I could see students skipping the SLC examinations. There was nothing we could do to stop them from skipping the tests. I firmly believe that if the sent-up exams were compulsory and if schools were allowed to fail some students in that exam, the result would surely have been better.”
Clearly the absence of the sent-up exams is being seen as the reason for many students deciding to miss out on their SLC exams. But for some, other factors also follow it.
Sudarshan Nepal states, “While it was one of the reasons, the main cause is the community schools. Such schools have now become very politically influenced. Good teachers are not selected, but instead money and one’s political affiliation have become the criteria through which one gets selected for the job.”
Roman Bhattarai points out the other reasons, “Politics, strikes and the poor economic back ground of some of the candidates could be the reason for the low turnout.”
Maayurikaa Miharu, however, disagrees, “That is totally not the reason. One of the many reasons could be the rumors of the SLC examinations being cancelled by the teachers. Another reason could also be the lack of preparation which is actually quite a regular problem. So I don’t think the sent-up exams were a problem.”
Whatever may be the truth behind it, let us hope for better results the coming year. And sent-up exams or no sent-up exams, students have the right to appear for their exams and they should exercise their right.