More than 10000 students who took the SLC exams this year were failed in all eight subjects. Most of the students who did who did not secure pass marks in a single subject come from schools with nil SLC results. Out of 331 schools facing shameful failure, 281 are state funded while the remaining 50 are private and institutionalized.
The deputy exams controller Anupam Chandra Shrestha said, ‘This is the highest number of failures ever. What amazes us is how they qualified for the exam”. He blames liberal promotion system and the scrapping of the send-up test for the poor show.
An education expert, Bishnu Karki said that the major reason behind the pathetic performance is the negligence of teachers. The Education Review Office of the ministry said in its report that some students were unable to write their names properly even in the fifth grade. It also revealed that the educational achievement of students from grade 5 to 8 is below 50 percent, meaning that the students grasp less than 50 percent of what is taught on an average.
The pass percentage of SLC rose slightly to 43.92% this year from 41.57% last year after going down continuously for six years.