Monday, January 31, 2011

    75 pc attendance must to appear in SLC examination

    The government has set a new criteria for students of School Leaving Certificate (SLC) Exam to be applicable from the next academic session.

    Students of community and institutional schools must now have at least 75 per cent attendance in grade ten to be eligible to appear in the SLC exam.

    The sixth amendment of Education Regulation 2011 has encoded this provision to make students regular.

    Janardan Nepal, joint secretary, Ministry of Education (MoE) said this provision intended to make students regular. Nepal added, “We received complaints that the quality of community schools was not good, but how can government education be qualitative if students don’t attend classes full time?”

    He said the rule would help improve the quality of government schools. According to an MoE report, total student enrolment in secondary level was 790,348 in 32,130 schools of the country.

    Private and Boarding Schools Association of Nepal (PABSON) said the rule was not applicable to students of private schools.

    Bijaya Sambahamphe, general secretary, PABSON said the issue was secondary as 95 per cent private school students have 100 per cent attendance.

    He said, “In private schools, we make sure that we take classes for more than 240 days a year because that is how private school calendars are like while the total school days a year is only 180 days as per government rules.”

    Meanwhile, this rule is not applicable to students of distant education. In the case of distant education, the a different set of directives will be applicable for students. source:THT